the clowns keep coming

Yet another racist loon (infowars, flouride, etc) drives hundreds of miles to instigate sh!t in El Paso.

Next stop for him (not joking) a Proud Boys rally in Portland.

I was interviewed by a NYT reporter on Wednesday during the lastest fiaso insult presidential visit.  I told him perhaps the wall we need down here is one around El Paso to keep right wing terrorists out.

[edited to add the link;  I hadn’t looked before to see if they had published anything from it.  They judiciously picked my most calm statement, leaving aside more critical statements.  🙂 ]

A note to those who intend to threaten the gentle, open people of the borderlands:  do not mistake our kindness for weakness.

As for me:  I’ve been complacent, carrying only .380 for the last few years for reasons of comfort and convenience.  Due to the demonstrated threat from extremists I have returned to carrying 9mm+P.

boondocking during the ELP shooting

I was escaping the ELP heat by camping in the forest outside Cloudcroft when the walmart shooting went down.  I have three SIMs  (tmo + verizon + att) and none had signal.  I was blissfully unaware.

This kind of crime is not an El Paso thing;  we are a chill people, comfortable with and respectful to others.  I’ve said before that the US would be better off if we were all like El Paso.

I was shocked, shocked to learn the shooter was a white guy from out of town, equipped with an assault rifle♦, a MAGA fetish, and a racist manifesto.  #notshocked.

In the past decade, 73.3 per cent of all extremist-related killings in the US were committed by right-wing domestic extremists. Some 23.4 per cent were linked to Islamic extremism.

Every terrorist murder in the US [in 2018] was linked to right-wing extremism

Remember that next time politicians start braying “enemy of the people” agitprop.


  • ELP is something like 85% Hispanic, and those are just the residents.
  • ELP is very safe.
  • The border and the ELP/Ciudad Juarez communites are fluid to us;  we move back and forth smoothly and peacefully.
  • The “border problem” with asylum seekers is a federal issue, not a local issue.  El Pasoans tend to take care of each other, and anyone else in need.
  • Extremists, both religious and political, are detrimental to the health of our republic.


Use your words, America, not violence.


♦  Assault rifles are not the problem;  they are inanimate tools. It does seem that tacticool paramilitary-wannabe loons are drawn to them for the power they represent.  Hence their overrepresentation in mass shootings.


the geography of Rosa’s

“I caught a good one, it looked like it could run
Up on its back, and away I did ride

Just as fast as I could from
The West Texas town of El Paso
Out to the badlands of New Mexico

The hills are definitely in Mexico.  The “badlands” were probably also in Mexico (not New Mexico), since badlands refers to steep, heavily eroded areas with little vegetation.  That kind of terrain doesn’t happen in the immediate area until crossing into Mexico.

In this google maps fragment you can see New Mexico is effectively across the street from Rosa’s and the hills are only a couple miles away in Mexico proper.

Here is the topographical layout:


Here’s the schematic:


Here you see Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico all close together;  we call the greater region the Borderlands.  We are used to people going back and forth.  We get along great with each other and wonder why folks who don’t live near the border get so cranked up about it.

fact check on the El Paso rally

[POTUS] again repeated false claims about crime in El Paso before and after a border fence was built, adding some new twists to his talking points. But he also made misleading and false statements about the trade deficit and an agreement with South Korea on its contribution to the U.S. military presence there.

Newsflash:  liars lie.

from this article on

El Paso, border fences, and crime

The number of violent crimes reported in El Paso before and after construction of the fence can be calculated by combining data from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and the El Paso Policy Department that is available through Uniform Crime Reports from the FBI.

Looking broadly at the past 30 years, the rate of violent crime reached its peak in 1993, when more than 6,500 violent crimes were recorded.

But between 1996 and 2006, the number of violent crimes reported by law enforcement fell by more than 34 percent and less than 2,700 crimes were reported.

From 2006 to 2011 — two years before the fence was built to two years after — the number of violent crimes recorded in El Paso increased by 17 percent.

from this article in the El Paso Times.  Also see this one.


Honeywell swamp cooler and a $100 mistake

41jcgmfxl6l-_sy90_Just before going FT I ordered a Honeywell CS071AE 176cfm evaporative cooler from amazon to help make summer in the desert bearable.  They humidity in the ELP high desert is quite low, a great candidate for evap cooling.  The vast majority of homes here have evap cooling units on the roof instead of A/C units.  In a residential setting it takes about 10x the electricity to run an A/C than evap. Continue reading “Honeywell swamp cooler and a $100 mistake”

run to the border

I should mention that my cooking spot from the last post was about 50yds from the border. Where I stealthed for the night was about 150yds from the border.

It might be a physical barrier but to me it is a reminder of how alike people are. People look the same, act the same, and eat the same on both sides. Our TV and radio signals don’t adhere to immigration policies.

Rivers (Rio Grande or Nueces) make good boundaries for cartographers and diplomats. But before those interlopers arrive rivers bring people together rather than keep them apart.

Day 2

Day 2 at work, and also 2nd workout at the gym.

I’ve been casting glances at the stair stepper.  I used to walk the stairs after lunch in Dallas (had a 1hr lunch there) and this looked like a useful development.   Hopped up there and guessed at the control functions.  Started quite slow in “fat burning” mode and I got impatient.  Continue reading “Day 2”