This is Bistek al la Mexicana a common dish found many places. There are several places I get this some better than others but all real decent! Kind of a tomato based sauce with generally pretty tender pieces of beef and a fair amount of it. The rice is pretty generic but the frijoles can be something else. This also includes as many fresh made in front of you tortillas you want and brought to you with a smile. Something like this costs around 50-60 pesos or $3. The squeezed as you watch orange juice is 20 and brings the price up a bit but worth it. Nothing in the States I've ever had compares to this not even close plus it'll cost 7-10 smacks. I don't know what I'm going to eat when I return. It will be an adjustment as I do this so much that is go into Puerto Vallarta on the south side and have me a excellent lunch with "real" Mexican food not the slop I get back there. I do not plan on eating out much at all only at maybe three select places. Pricey yes but worth it because it's so good. I threw away so much money last summer eating way overpriced shitty food. Several times the food got thrown away as well. The whole of Mexico is an eating machine I tell you. I'm gonna miss this.

I feel good and and think the higher temps and humidity contributes to that. It's the same every time. After a month or two you realize and say " Hey I feel pretty damn good!"

Just as important I believe the food made fresh with wholesome fresh ingredients as well contributes to that. Get off the bus in town the food smells everywhere make me hungry just like that.


All Of A Sudden It's 30,000

The United States plans to send between 20,000 and 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan by summer 2009. So I don't see an increase any higher at this point than 20 to 30,000," Mullen told reporters.

Update-links to the 20,000 number


Earlier this year, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David McKiernan, requested at least 20,000 additional troops be sent there to fight the increasing violence by the resurgent Taliban forces in the southern and eastern parts of the country.

Washington, Dec 6 (DPA) The US military is preparing for a build-up of as many as 20,000 troops next year in Afghanistan to step up the fight against the Taliban and Al Qaeda insurgency, a top US commander said Friday.

This is a good one
According to the data received by American journalists from anonymous sources in the US Department of Defense, the George Bush?s Administration is going to send additional 20,000 troops to Afghanistan instead of 15,000 as planned earlier.

The number bandied about has always been 20,000. I remember this shit. An article confirming that linked to in a previous post has been archived and money has to be paid to see it again. I don't think so.

Now it could be 30k. What's another 10,000 or so. Getting the masses ready for the upcoming and maybe even bigger and better prolonged conflict in Afghanistan.

I hope Obama lied like a rug and uses these troops to determine whether Bin Laden is dead or alive and if he is alive bring him to justice and get us the hell outta there.

And if he's dead get us the hell outta there too!


  1. Chances are that article is elsewhere, One Fly. If you Google for one of the more unique phrases from what you've quoted, you might be able to find it again.

    I seem to remember various numbers bandied about, but don't remember at this point who did the bandying or when. The Soviets couldn't subdue Afghanistan even with 125,000 soldiers there. My guess is we couldn't, either.

  2. I was talking to my son who just got back from Iraq and spent last year in Afghanistan. We just had this conversation and he said 30,000 is worthless and you know it is. 150,000 would be worthless as there is an endless supply of martyrs!

  3. Our initial foray into the country led to some limited success - partially due to some residual good will for the limited help we gave the fighting groups against the Russians.
    Then we helped set up a puppet government and pulled out a bunch of troops.
    The puppet government pissed off the fighting groups and lost the support of the country.
    Now we're in the position of having to support the hated government with additional troops - just as the Russians did.

    Can you spell "recipe for disaster"?