Saturday, August 7, 2010

Review: Haus Murphy’s German Restaurant

I don’t go out to eat all that often. More often than not, I’d rather stay home and enjoy my own cooking. When I do dine out, I want it to be something special. My visit to Haus Murphy’s German Restaurant was definitely special.

As with most of my trips, getting there is half the fun. I left home early and ran a few errands beginning in South Phoenix( a.k.a. “the hood”).

My first stop was at a drive-thru scrap metal recycling yard. I had a couple of bags of cans, some copper tubing and a condenser from an old air conditioning unit. I didn’t think I’d get all that much, but to my surprise left with a nice stack of cash.

I made my way to Glendale and stopped at a gas station to top off my tank. A couple was observed exiting the store and they were fighting. She was upset and he was trying to ignore her. This looked like a potential domestic violence situation, so I took my time pumping gas.

It wasn’t long before they were screaming at each other. He jumped in the car and locked her out. He was going to drive off without her. She was cussing him out while grabbing the door handle. She said that she was going to report the car stolen if he took off. I really don’t miss living in Glendale. Too much drama!

I still had some time to kill, so I ventured into Allied Surplus. I had not been in there for years. I found a nice M.O.L.L.E. holster and some magazine pouches for my tactical vest.

I finally reached Haus Murphy’s German Restaurant in time to meet up with my party. There were 15 of us hungry people. I really liked the décor.

When it came time to order, our wonderful and lovely waitress, Jessica, promptly took our orders and brought us drinks. She did a great job.

I tried the Jager Schnitzel, Tender Pork Loin, breaded and sautéed to a golden brown; topped with a Mushroom Demi Sauce. Potatoes, cabbage and soup were served with the entrée. It was great!

After three hours of dining and live entertainment, it was finally time to go home. I have to say that this was one of my best dining experiences in years.

Haus Murphy’s German Restaurant

Located in Downtown Glendale, Arizona
5739 W. Glendale Avenue Ph. 623-939-2480

Good Atmosphere, Good People, Good Entertainment, and Great German Food!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Vekol Valley: Illegal Immigration Recon/Patrol South of I-8

We were up and on the road before the sun came up this morning to conduct a recon/patrol of the Vekol Valley area south of Interstate 8. We opted for an early start due to the extreme heat advisory that‘s been in effect for the last couple of days.

Since I had not been to the base of Antelope Peak for a while, I decided to begin there. This was the location of the two killings and the wounding of a Pinal County Sheriff’s deputy a couple of months earlier. All was calm and quiet there.

Eventually, we made our way to Vekol Road through the spot along the Vekol Wash where I did the interview and patrol with Telemundo.

It had rained quite a bit the week before so any tracks would have been relatively fresh. We failed to find very many vehicle tracks. There were no human footprints at all. The only fresh tracks I discovered belonged to roaming bovines. I was able to hear them east of the road.

After a few miles it became obvious that somebody had been out to the area since my last visit. Lots of the illegal alien trash along Vekol Road had been picked up. It also appeared that someone had hauled some metal out of the “slaughterhouse”. I’m not sure if they were “scrappers” or what? As long as people are hauling out junk and garbage, it really doesn’t matter to me who they are. There’s plenty to go around.

After being out for several hours, we came across no recent signs of drug or human smuggling. I suspect the illegal alien traffic will increase in the near future when the next crop of cantaloupes is ready to pick.

Our efforts in denying criminals the use of this area seem to be successful. Sometime in the not too distant future, I’d like to invite the governor out here to chop down these travel warning signs.

Group raising money to buy guns for Pinal County sheriff

The Pinal County Justice Foundation is raising money to give deputies a better match against criminal firepower.

The volunteer group wants to equip sworn members of the Pinal County Sheriff's Office with semiautomatic rifles and is asking the public for donations.

An estimated 150 to 200 rifles are needed. Sheriff Paul Babeu said the county can't absorb the cost of these weapons - about $1,000 each - but that "the need is clear."

If I were the sheriff, I’d be embarrassed to ask the public for donations to buy rifles. The entry level salary for a Pinal County Sheriff’s deputy is over $40K. I’d make the deputies but their own.

“As a liberal, I think this is ridiculous. These policemen do not need high-powered rifles at all. If some suspects have rifles, they need to just ask the suspects to put them down, and if they don't comply, then ask them what they could do to appease them.” --PHXliberal

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Rain or shine, we will patrol the desert.

It was a wet and soggy weekend, but our illegal immigration/smuggling patrols continue. Our mere presence denies a multitude of criminal elements access to the Sonoran desert National Monument and other public lands.

We have been enjoying amazing success thus far. Amazing in that we operate with a modest force on a very limited budget. Apparently, the local and federal government are either not willing or capable of doing what we do even though they have millions of dollars to throw at the drug and illegal immigration problem. At this point, somebody should be feeling shame and embarrassment.

Despite all of the warning signs and negative publicity via the media, I was quite pleased to see several recreational users enjoying themselves south of Interstate 8. When it rains in southern Arizona, the temperature drops and people tend to come outside. They don’t seem to mind getting a little wet. Instead of being 110+ degrees, it barely made it into the 90’s.

We also observed a group of people on a humanitarian mission. They were looking for a missing person(who illegally crossed the border) that was presumed to be dead. They drove by our camp with Pinal County Sheriff’s deputies following up the rear. A couple of their guys were dressed in bright red t-shirts, standing up in the back of a truck.. It’s not uncommon for people to disappear, never to be heard from again.

This was by far one of the busiest weekends we’ve observed all summer. This simple fact deters drug and human smuggling because there are too many people out and about. The “bad guys” will find themselves being forced to move their operation elsewhere or run the risk of getting caught.

In addition to our patrols, we took some time to conduct a first aide training class. Being in a remote area, response time for first responders is often extended. It’s important that we become the first responders in the event of an accident or emergency.

Last night, a human smuggler in what turned out to be a stolen vehicle attempted to avoid our camp. Their attempt ended in failure when they got stuck. Later that morning, the BLM Ranger recovered the vehicle. Hopefully, the rightful owner will not have too much damage to repair.

Lesson: When smuggling illegal aliens on BLM land, stay on the marked roads. There’s a reason for those signs.

Many people, from law enforcement to locals out having a good time, stopped by our camp to visit. Many of our critics have labeled us as racist vigilantes and we take every opportunity to turn public opinion in our favor. Public relations has been an important component to our success.

Prior to breaking camp, we broke out some trash bags and picked up litter, much of which was left behind by illegal aliens who were on their way to destroy the rest of OUR country.

"But I ask you: whom can I trust in this day and age? Name just one party, of the left or the right, that hasn't stuffed us full of empty phrases and promises ever since 1918 and name one that even had even the slightest intention of fulfilling even a fraction of those promises." - -Dr. Goebbels