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.


General Odierno Says This-General Odierno Says That


This sounds like the same old bs and it is.

"Overall violence remains at 2003 lows, however ... there are still some elements that are able to conduct some very serious attacks," "As you ask me today, I believe it's a 10 that we will be gone by 2011."

Then he says this leaving the barn doors wide open just in case.

"We will continue to conduct assessments along with the government of Iraq as we move toward the June 30 deadline. If we believe that we'll need troops to maintain a presence in some of the cities, we'll recommend that. But ultimately it will be the decision of Prime Minister (Nuri al-) Maliki," Odierno said.

Interviewed on the same CNN program, Iraqi national security adviser Mowaffak al-Rubaie expressed confidence that Iraqi forces could take over security for the entire country within a year.

"In the next year or so, we will be in a position to take over all of our country -- all the security, all over the country," he said.

President Barack Obama, who made a surprise visit to Iraq last week, has declared a goal of withdrawing all U.S. combat forces from Iraq by the end of August 2010 and other forces by the end of 2011. But his strategy assumes Iraq
staying relatively stable during this period.

It is the same old tired out bullshit we've heard for so long. Numbers seem to change but nobody in any numbers has left yet and it's a long time to the end of 2010 and there will still be 50K left.

"Iraqi forces take over security for the whole country in a year" my ass.

The wingers and those in the war business couldn't be happier with this arrangement.

No change here when there continues to be 140,000 troops being used in our occupation of another country. I'm so sick of this and the bottom line is that until there is a significant reduction in troop levels in Iraq we continue to get squat.

I'll believe it when it happens and it's over with but until then it's just the same old swill to fill up the Sunday talk shows.


  1. I was listening to that and it is the same old shit! If Al Qaeda or whoever that is had half a brain they would go to sleep until we withdrew and then tear themselves apart.

  2. But mister senor general sir...isn't the violence level still much higher than it was before we DECIDED to go in there, sir? Lying sonsabitches anyway!

  3. Why can't I think like you guys??

  4. Mmmmm. More of that change you can believe in.