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August 04, 2010


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Hi Sylvia-
Enjoyed listening to you on The Accelerator; hope to hear you as a repeat-guest!

Speaking of that ranch-takeover rumor, have you seen this? What's your take on it?


@Katie - I actually just had an email exchange with Nick Valencia at CNN about this. I think the blotter is a fake, and here's why (my email to Nick):

"There are several tiny details wrong with the entry. First of all (and you probably already know this), you have the City of Laredo Police Department and Webb County Sheriff - two separate law enforcement entities with different jurisdictions. Why would an official blotter entry refer to LSO (Laredo Sheriff's Office) when there's no such thing? LPD is only referred to as such at the end of the report. I have a hard time believing a deputy with WCSO or officer with LPD would make such an error repeatedly. Also, why would Border Patrol respond to such an incident that would clearly fall under the jurisdiction of local law enforcement? If anything, the FBI would respond with a hostage rescue team, not Border Patrol. From a law enforcement perspective, this report makes no sense to me. Finally, Los Zetas telling the ranch owner that no one is allowed on-site without permission? Really? Like someone would come knocking in the middle of an armed takeover of a ranch on US soil and be allowed to visit by one of the most dangerous cartels in Mexico."

Still not convinced :).

The ranch take-over was nothing more than horse feathers, and really quite old news today. What took place at Palomas Mexico on Sunday morning is recent and factual, and an event which should be receiving much more of the media attention.

Could you please comment on this article. I really appreciate your no nonsense approach to very emotional issues. Keep up the good work. (this comment is instead of an email as I wasn't able to use your email link--my computer's fault--Thanks so much)

@PatR - That was really incredible reading! I love stories like that. It was well written, and didn't come off as some loony with an itchy trigger finger and an anti-immigrant agenda. He is truly concerned about the security of his property, community, and nation. I wonder if the folks who report that crime statistics are down along the border are only taking into account the big cities, or looking at home invasion and robbery stats for small towns like Ed's. He does get political and preachy at the end, which was a little disappointing...if he had managed to keep that out of the article, it would have had a bigger impact on more people. Those comments tend to turn some people off, and they end up missing the bigger message. Thanks so much for posting this!

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