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    The # 1 reason I no longer cross the border.

    The # 1 reason I no longer cross the border. Killings surge in Mexico state at tip of Baja

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    Yeah, I know. I had planned to backpack in the Copper Canyon but finally gave up the idea. A good friend is married to a woman who is a Mexican national. Very intelligent well educated woman. She has family who live somewhat near where I was planning my entry. She was adamant I should not go, especially alone. At first I poo-poo'ed the idea, and then I did a bit of research. I generally don't steer away from places simply because they pose a bit of risk, but I became convinced it simply wasn't worth it...and where I was planning to go is generally recognized as safe. Too many other options. Hopefully some day that will change.
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    When I was teaching I took anchor babies to meet their Abuelos in Mexico. I was well known to the de facto government of the Sierra Madres and was invited to ride anywhere, any time, and was always welcomed. My money was good only for gasoline, best of everything else provided by the Tios and such because of the joy I made possible for Abuelos. Being blessed in to and in the protection of virtually every major cartel is a great way to explore Mexico. The common street thieves would cross the street to avoid the appearance of targeting me, the hard core would shake my hand and thank me for bringing los chiquitos home.



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    Not to worry the Big Zero is making sure that Borders don't really matter....and Congress will do nothing to stop the Dictator in Waiting from destroying this Republic:

    Businesses to receive incentive for hiring illegal immigrants, report says | Fox News
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    I've yet to meet anyone who voted for him. Just goes to show the security concerns of electronic polling machines are valid.



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    Great, terrible story. Hope you healed up well. Tactical lesson to be learned here on how not to park when in questionable areas? Theft may have been unavoidable but injury may have been preventable. Ah, hindsight makes everything so clear. Glad you are back in the saddle.


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    Where you park, how you park, and most importantly, threat scan 360 constantly. It takes a lot of work to stay aware and safe in questionable environments. I'm glad you got through that mess in as good of shape as you did.

    That comment above I made about threat scan 360 reminds me once again of the classic Marine Corps Rules of Gunfighting. No real application to this scenario, but they are excellent, so I will post them again. While it cools the macho jets, #23 is the true gem. If you've read them before, my apology.

    1. Bring a gun. Preferably, bring at least two guns. Bring all of your friends who have guns.

    2. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammo is cheap. Life is expensive.

    3. Only hits count. The only thing worse than a miss is a slow miss.

    4. If your shooting stance is good, you're probably not moving fast enough nor using cover correctly.

    5. Move away from your attacker. Distance is your friend. (Lateral and diagonal movement are preferred.)

    6. If you can choose what to bring to a gunfight, bring a long gun and a friend with a long gun.

    7. In ten years nobody will remember the details of caliber, stance, or tactics. They will only remember who lived.

    8. If you are not shooting, you should be communicating, reloading, and running.

    9. Accuracy is relative: most combat shooting standards will be more dependent on "pucker factor" than the inherent accuracy of the gun.

    10. Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to beat you to death with it because it is empty.

    11. Always cheat; always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose.

    12. Have a plan.

    13. Have a back-up plan, because the first one won't work.

    14. Use cover or concealment as much as possible.

    15. Flank your adversary when possible. Protect yours.

    16. Don't drop your guard.

    17. Always tactical load and threat scan 360 degrees.

    18. Watch their hands. Hands kill. In God we trust. Everyone else, keep your hands where I can see them.

    19. Decide to be aggressive ENOUGH, quickly ENOUGH.

    20. The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get.

    21. Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.

    22. Be courteous to everyone, friendly to no one.

    23. Your number one option for personal security is a lifelong commitment to avoidance, deterrence, and de-escalation.

    24. Do not attend a gunfight with a handgun, the caliber of which does not start with a "4."
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    I punched an Asshole in the head and as I thru the punch he turned his head and I got him in the back side of the head, it did KO him but I got a boxers fracture of the right hand so I tried to fix it myself pull it back into place and use sticks and tape well after a few days it did not work, so I went to a surgeon and he told me that after 72 hours it starts to fuse glue back together so to fix it he would have to break it and put a pin in so I have a bone bump today.

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    Yep Z, that happens. You will notice in Moab that my left forearm is a bit doglegged. It got field set and sam splinted, and by the time I got done with what I was doing and back to medical care it was starting to fuse. Doc said let it ride. You can see the scar where the bone came out the skin, and there is a bit of a bump where she turns askance, but overall, a pretty functional field repair. I do get that achy feeling that Mike mentioned above, but it isn't much, and since it's just one on the laundry list I ignore it.

    Besides "bone bumps" are manly.
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    Tough ride, TW2013. Worst I've done is live in a truck running between Dearborn, Detroit, and Chicago through the coldest winter on record, three months after burying a wife and child.

    Well, I cut my toe off, then rode two miles home on a bicycle. Walked in the kitchen, passed out. Bled so much there was nothing left to pump. That was the first time I died. A few weeks later broke my arm, rode three miles home on the bike, got a bath while waiting for Mom to get home from work. I was napping on the couch with my arm propped on a pillow and iced when Mom got home. Not bad for a nine-year old. That led to my first experience with state investigators as one brother had a broken arm, the other a broken foot, one sister 17 sutures in her thigh, the other a broken jaw. All five of us at the same time. No, no abuse, Dad was in Viet Nam. We were never told to get out of a tree and we were a rather daring lot. We were told to be careful, but we didn't know what careful was. We outgrew "Hold my beer and watch this" long before we were old enough to drink, so all our friends learned real quick to hand their beers to someone else because we'd shrug and drink them, then not watch.

    I don't have any bone bumps, just lots of scars and aches from a plethora of muscle and skeletal injuries.



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