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.


Surging Into Afghannystan

With pundits calling the "surge" a success in Iraq even with 14 US troops losing their lives last month we are embarking yet on another of the same.

"By introducing more U.S. capability in here we have the potential to change the game," Nicholson said.

Military officials say they have enough troops to win battles but not to hold territory, and they hope the influx of troops, plus the continued growth of the Afghan army, will change that.

More U.S. troops — 151 — died in Afghanistan in 2008 than any of the seven years since the invasion to oust the Taliban, and U.S. officials warn violence will probably intensify next year.

"If we get the troops, they're going to move into areas that haven't been secured, and when we do that, the enemy is there, and we're going to fight," said Nicholson. That fighting should eventually clear the way for security and governance to take hold, he said. "If you want to summarize that as it's going to get worse before it gets better, that's exactly what we're talking about," he said.

So sick of the bullshit. The only goddamn thing these war pigs know for sure is that it's going to get worse before it gets better. This is what we have to look forward to.

Have been looking for numbers of contractors In Afghanistan to see how it compares to Iraq but have not been able to find any. Probably fair to say it's substantial.


  1. An article in the NY Times about the universal graft in Afghanistan, up to and including Karzai's brother. Got to wonder what we are doing there after all these years.

  2. It's called kala bule some places in Africa. It does not go away easily.

    Determine the status of Bin Laden. If he's alive bring him to justice then come home.

    If he's dead come home.

    There's nothing good going to come out of this.