St. Patrick's day was as uneventful as it can get. Since I'm not Irish and I don't drink, I went about my day, business as usual.
After running a couple of errands, I made a pass through the Sonoran Desert National Monument to check for smuggling activity. I encountered a couple of friendly faces doing the same thing.
Shortly after rescuing a horse used by drug smugglers on one of our patrols in the Vekol Valley, I came across this news story on the local Fox News. There's nothing more offensive to me than somebody that would abuse an animal this way.
Horses: The Silent Sufferers of Drug Smuggling
DOUGLAS - Horseback -- its how many drug smugglers move hundreds of pounds of their product across the Mexican border into Arizona.
Horses are used to carry drugs across the border, then abandoned and left to die. We should warn you, the video may upset some viewers.
Census: Maricopa population tops 43,000
According to data released late Thursday by the United States Census Department the city of Maricopa officially has a population of 43,482. This is an almost unbelievable 4,000 percent increase since the 2000 census when the city was an unincorporated area with a population of 1,040.
All this population explosion has brought us is more crime, minorities (which are the majority) and garbage. I liked Maricopa much better before incorporation. What developers and businessmen call progress is better referred to as “social demolition”.
Hidden Valley, AZ -- No problems here?
Nestled just south of Maricopa, Arizona, a quiet little corner of the desert known as Hidden Valley is waking up to the fact that it is not very quiet anymore. In fact, it feels more and more like a war zone. Hidden Valley is square in the middle of what is fast becoming a battleground between major Mexican smuggling cartels, American law enforcement, and citizen militia groups on both sides of the border.
I have been living in the Thunderbird Farms area near Hidden Valley for nearly two decades. I have watched the crime and violence problem grow exponentially all that time. Armed robberies were once unheard of. Now, they are part of everyday life.
We as citizens should never back down and hide from this uncivilized scum that's attempting to take over our land. Ultimately, it's our duty to protect our country, even if that means taking up arms.
Arizona Senate rejects 5 major immigration bills
The Arizona Senate on Thursday voted down five significant immigration measures.
The included a package of birthright citizenship bills intended to spur the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider how the nation grants citizenship to children of illegal immigrants.
The four other bills would have banned illegal immigrants from state universities, made it a crime for illegal immigrants to drive a vehicle in Arizona, required school districts to check the legal status of students and required hospitals to check the legal status of patients.
Naturalization Act of 1790 : That any alien, being a free WHITE person, who shall have resided within the limits and under the jurisdiction of the United States , for the term of two years, may be admitted to become a citizen thereof....