Open Thread: Update on Mexican Drug War: Gun Running from U.S. Suppliers

Originally posted 2009-03-10 12:18:12 -0500. This story is getting really interesting. It was originally posted by Jim. I am adding a new report and with Jim's OK turning it into today's Open Thread.

New Today. President Obama has rejected Texas Governor Rick Perry's calls for US troops to be placed on the US/Mexican Border. See report by Todd Gillman today, in the Dallas Morning News.

Obama: No U.S, Troops to Mexico Border

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Gun Dealer Accused Of Selling To Cartels


CBS Evening News: Gun Runners Send Thousands Of Weapons From The U.S. To Mexico, Fueling That Country's Drug Wars


A Crock Full of Happiness

Originally posted 2009-01-06 10:17:07 -1000 - promoted by roxy.

This was posted at the Daily Kos yesterday, where it got rescued, but was still little noticed. I'd like to reprint it here as my first post because it is a pretty good introduction to who I am at this moment: a philosopher in economic trouble (there's a shock), exploring the dark hallways of unhappiness, stress, pain, and despair. It seems to help a little.

Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness.—Robertson Davies

What a crock. Here's a man who's father was a Canadian Senator. He never went hungry or cold. His family owned a media empire. Was there anything he ever had to worry about? Did he have unhappiness to pluck treasures from, or did his treasures just show up via the family bank account?

Drill baby drill - Dept of Int.

Well, from the looks of this article...we have a problem. A three page description problem...give it a read. Misconduct Found at Interior Dept.

WASHINGTON — As Congress prepares to debate expansion of drilling in taxpayer-owned coastal waters, the Interior Department agency that collects oil and gas royalties has been caught up in a wide-ranging ethics scandal — including allegations of financial self-dealing, accepting gifts from energy companies, cocaine use and sexual misconduct.

In three reports delivered to Congress on Wednesday, the department’s inspector general, Earl E. Devaney, found wrongdoing by a dozen current and former employees of the Minerals Management Service, which collects about $10 billion in royalties annually and is one of the government’s largest sources of revenue other than taxes.

“A culture of ethical failure” besets the agency, Mr. Devaney wrote in a cover memo..

Doing the people's business........yah right!

'Coming Home: Soldiers and Drugs' - In Their Own Words

Watch Brian Ross' exclusive investigation, "Coming Home: Soldiers and Drugs," Friday, 11-30-07, on "20/20" at 10 p.m. EDT! If you miss the airing the 5 Report Links are below, read the reports, view the photo's, Get Educated As To What War Does!

This Country has been in DENIAL for over 30 Years, on what War does to many who serve In - Theater, and are once again running to that Denial!!

'Coming Home: Soldiers and Drugs' - More Deja-Vu

THIS COUNTRY, that likes to think of itself as Numeral Uno on the World Stage, in Everything, Is Filled With A Society That's Concerned For The Individual Only, and while condemning others, Never Learns The Lessons It Experiances or Witnesses!!

We've gone through All This Before, a War of Choice {of the arrogant few, with the Country falling in lockstep behind them} and All that evolves from!