This article is nothing but politically correct and hogwash! Why don't you all put some boots on the ground on the Border and live down there for a while and you might just change your mind with a real dose of reality! I've been there and done just that and had to leave my home because it was too dangerous to live there any more... awakened by AK-47's at night in the parking areas just 45 steps away which became a staging area for drug smuggling and human trafficking... knocks on my door at all hours of the day and night with illegals desperate for food and water... responding to a plea from a desperate man whose wife lay nearby nearly dead from a compound fracture on her foot... bleeding with a bone sticking out... they thought they were in New York... that's what their coyote told them that they paid some $3,000... and they were 30 miles from the Border! I am so tired of people who haven't lived it having such strong opinions and ready to attack those that live it every day of their lives without any assistance from Washington DC! Wake up America... maybe you will when it comes to your neighborhood!
Such a relief to read. This kind of makes up for all the fear mongering that Leo Banks stirs up. The biggest problem I see is that while Randy's factual article is in the opinion section, Leo's opinions and exaggerations get passed of as news. It's time the Weekly gets its act together and starts printing facts about life along the border.
Thanks for the reality check. It's interesting to note how most people/politicians blowing hot air about border violence either live in Ohio or live in Phoenix and have never set foot near the border, on either side.
Thanks for this deep breath of truth.
Though it is easy, as we see in some of the comments, to parse words and pick apart a reasoned argument that lasts more than one sentence, this is the most logical piece I have read on this tragedy. Perhaps our friends in the national media would do well to read Mr. Serraglio's thoughts, and do a little self-examination regarding how they "cover" such events. It reminds me of Matt Lauer, of the Today Show, covering the death of Anna Nichole Smith for one solid week - two hours each day - and then on Friday posing this question of his viewers: "Why are Americans so obsessed with the personal lives of celebrities?" Why, indeed.
"In the next two years..........
Serraglio is making a prediction!
.....in an effort to fool us into voting against the public interest and in favor of their narrow, self-serving agenda."
vote against the "public Interest" based on whose standards, his, yours, mine? There is nothing fact-based at all in this statement. It is simply conjecture and opinion.
Bravo Elbeso! I'm of the opinion that its rather obvious the quote highlighted by NidanGoju is an example of "fact based".
But since NidanGoju asks, perhaps knowledge is what he/she seeks.
NidanGoju please spend the time and watch this vid link and perhaps you can understand why many of us may view Randal's comments as fact-based:
World Monetary History - http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5…
Food Fascism - http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5…
Or do as much reading as you can of the archives and documentation presented at the site below..
Precious Metals manipulation - www.gata.org
I'm of the opinion that there is a fine line between mongering of fear, and exposing of truth.
I'm also of the opinion that those who fear the prying eyes of truth & transparency will continue to milk the fear mongering teet for every ounce its worth.
The raw truth is what I seek, so please leave the mainstream media candy-coating at home.
Unfortunately, the emperor wears no clothes.
Thanks in large part to today's information super highway - there no longer exists a good excuse to be ignorant of this phenomena.
Vic in Tucson is right on the money. Randy, don't let the door hit you in the rear as you board the plane for Cuba or Venezuela. Go apologise over there. Our country finds itself today where it is because of the misdeeds of Left-wing Libs (and some RINO's) in government.
The fact is that this creep shot many and killed some. Now, in my opinion, he has forfeited his place in our society and should be given the death penalty as soon as possible. Just give him a lethal injection like how Timmothy McVey received and that is that. Do not waste our tax dollars trying to fix this creep's demented mind. There is enough government waste already as it is, we should not waste money on this creep or any other mass murderers currently in jail. Period. I'm sorry if some of you Left-wing Libs might think that capital punishment is too harsh, but this creep deserves nothing less! Terminate him ASAP.
"Anyone who has lived on planet earth the last 10 years knows that the statement in question is fact based."
Really! Why? Because YOU say it is fact-based or Serraglio presents it as such.
Political discussions have been, and always will be, OPINION-based and the "facts" will be those that fit into the banner of supporting the chosen position of the person or group making the argument of the day.
Let's see. There's the birthers and Christian deniers (Obama), there's folks claiming headless bodies in the desert anchor babies (Mexicans), and the folks claiming a houses of worship for Muslims are terrorist training camps (Park 51, Murfreesboro, TN, Temecula Valley, CA, Sheboygan, Wis., Oshkosh, Wis.). Kinda fact based.
I would like to add to this commentary. I agree that the issues raised as possible causes for this tragedy are periperal at best, however, one issue, mental health is not listed, which in fact is a contributor in this case. The common enemy, if we want to call it that, is the lack of the understand of what mental illness is or isn't. We need to quit ignoring the fact that mental illness does exist and that it can happen to anyone. The STIGMA surrounding mental illness is one of the most important and overlooked roadblock to minimizing the risk of future incidents such as this one. The surrounding dialog about the possible causes give pause for thought about how what we say and do effectively feeds the dark thoughts of those who are mentally unstable. The more we feed the dark thoughts in these individual the the more they believe their twisted thinking. We essentially indirectly validate it. So my suggesting is that we need to be mindful of this fact when we choose to put something out there for the public to digest. I guess you could say that all of us are a little bit quilty of being naive about the impact some of these choices can have. I for one believe that just because we are free to do something does not make it ethically or morally healthy. The best chance we have to minimize this happening again is to address the core issue which is mental illness. Mental illness like cancer can be treated and some folks go into remission and sometimes, like cancer, it is fatal. Dawn Harward, Director, Suicide Survivors.info
Anyone who has lived on planet earth the last 10 years knows that the statement in question is fact based.
"Too often lately, our public conversations are not based in fact and do not take place in the context of a common goal of making our society healthier. Instead, much of what passes for public debate consists of calculated lies spread by powerful and wealthy interests for the purpose of manipulating the masses, or hysterical nonsense posted anonymously on comment threads that have come to be dominated by fear-mongering trolls."
two paragraphs later.......
"In the next two years, the forces of distortion and manipulation will spend billions of dollars in an effort to fool us into voting against the public interest and in favor of their narrow, self-serving agenda. And we'll hear all sorts of hateful nonsense about Obama, Mexicans, Muslims and any other bogeymen who can effectively be deployed to distract us from an honest debate of the critical issues at hand."
Is this an example of "fact-based" or "fear-mongering"?
AMEN & BRAVO - this is the best commentary I've seen since this whole tragedy occurred. Thank you for this beam of clarity.
Amen. Most Americans would give anything to have a member of congress as decent and uncorrupted as Gabby Gifffords. The unprincipled bastards that reviled her during the campaign should now just keep their mouths shut and reflect upon the lack of integrity that festers within them.
YesSiree Bob and Vic in Tucson,
How 'bout y'all get back to us when you work up the conviction and courage to attach your name to your opinion, that way we will know that it actually means something and should be taken seriously; I mean the faulty logic, racsism, and poor grammar notwithstanding; of course.
Robert Alexander Dumas
Well earned sterotypes are...well earned.
Your "historical observation" is influenced by no small amount of racism, I think.
So sorry, I reread your article looking for a shred of shrewdness and noticed you did miss an important historical observation, however.
Where the English colonized there was prosperity. Where ever the Spanish went there was poverty. I'm only generalizing the point so 'The Breed' can catch on.
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