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.


Did I Hear This Right?

Unfortunately I did. 80 yesterday and 60 today in Bagdad.

Violence in Iraq is at its lowest levels since the months following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. But the recent attacks in Baghdad and elsewhere have exposed gaps in security as Iraq takes over from U.S. forces in protecting the country.

"Gaps in security" my ass!

I am very busy these days but not that busy to understand that the likely hood of Iraq turning into utter chaos again is very real. There was never any good that was to come out of this invasion and now years long occupation of this country. Add in the lie factor and for normal people it boggles the mind.

So we changed presidents and there have been some positive small changes that are welcomed and appreciated as should be. But it's business as usual for the rest of the shit that the Bushy's pulled with the handjob dims assisting all the way.

So we're supposed to be "leaving" Iraq. That's a bunch of bullshit just like the WMD's and Afghanistan looms just as large.

Shaking my head as always in disbelief in what's going on at all levels even with "change".

I'm going to work. There's a war machine that's gotta be fed and it's hungry.



  1. I am deeply sorry that the best that can be said for "thePrez" is that he's probably not as bad as Bush, although that is far from certain at this point.

    the 'hope" has always been 90% hype. Hope? For what? Change? To what?

    He was NEVER going to actually 'change' anything significant.

  2. I have always fervently believed that the 'bad element' in Iraq is merely fucking with our military. We have never had Iraq under control.

    They turn the violence off and on like a fucking faucet.

  3. All the more reason to just get out and let them settle their own shit. They have been there for 5000 years, they can figure it out with out us,

  4. Who could have seen this coming? Here in Oregon we are in such a state of shock and utter disbelief we feel we must give up and go home even though were entering victory's door. In 30-40 yrs we may try something completely different like invade VietNam or Korea to prevent dominoes from falling. Who could miss that.

  5. "Violence is at its lowest levels", my ass!

    When you take the ratio of our population to Iraq's you get somewhere close to ten. Multiply those numbers by ten to get some idea of what the impact would be here. It's like there were two Oklahoma City bombings yesterday, and one today. It's been hard to find a week without some crowded place in Iraq being bombed somehow.

    Maybe we still have to be there, maybe we don't. I just wish our government would stop lying about this stuff.

  6. We're all in agreement and before the invasion I would venture we may have all known too what they were saying was utter bullshit.

    If the economy becomes much worse maybe that will be what it takes for us to leave because if the violence escalates more we will resume fighting and any leaving plans will go by the wayside. No matter what we're going to take it up the yang yang.

    Thanks for you thoughts friends. tb

  7. Another friend of mine just got back from Iraq. All their doing is renaming the combat brigade teams... we're gonna have a force of 30-40,000 in Iraq til 2020 (yup 2020 IMhumbleO)

    but then again, i think this was part of the neocon plan too... to get us into such a clusterfuck quaqmire of wars that there would be no clean way of ending the situation... they reap the benefits... and now they are absolved of all accountability (be it human, professional, business or legal)...

  8. Enough! The arms manufacurers and anyone else who profits from us being there could have a hand in the violence. They will USE ANYONE to keep the money flowing their way. And the Pentagon and the MSM will keep reminding us of our responsibilities, "You break it you bought it". Well frankly, I don't care what happens after we leave, and the sooner the beter.

  9. If we leave, the Iraqis will sort it out. They don't need us.

    And if the women in Iraq started dressing in a more "western" style, perhaps it will become more difficult to hide bombs strapped to their bodies.