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Hispanic Population Soars In U. S.

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 25-02-2013


So says the front page article of the Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 addition of the Albuquerque Journal. I can only ask, “where you been folks?”.  It Further states, “population explodes by 47% nation wide, underscoring the political muscle Latinos showed in the 2012 elections. Also, “bringing our total Hispanic population to about 52 million….Me talking now, and when we add the additional 11 million by granting amnesty the democrats can count on a bountiful election records for the future. The paper states, “The skyrocketing growth of the U. S. Hispanics assures they will continue to influence political life…..” Well, dud, thanks for sharing that. And do any of us believe we can stop the illegal flow from across the border?….I am not picking on my American Hispanic friends…I have many. And they are not the problem.. The new comers come day and night and they are not invited. If our own population would do the work the illegals perform we would not have a problem at all. We are too lazy……But, boys and girls, in case you have not noticed we have our hands full taking care of our present population now and we are going to keep adding more? …We can vote for more and more benefits but the bank account is already overdrawn and we may have a “come to Jesus” meeting in March and the balance of 2013. And that would be complements of our congress and our “voting population”. Think I am wrong? Well, then I hope you are right, however, we should soon know…..

Andrew Thomas, Navajo Flutist

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 22-02-2013


I happened to need an oil change today and spent about 1 1/2 hours or so at Brakemaster’s waiting on an oil change. It was a very fast 1 1/2 hours as I spent the time visiting with Andrew Thomas who was also waiting. It was a very interesting time spent with this world traveler and hearing of the countries that he has toured and visiting with him on other numerous subjects, ie, Navajo Code Talkers of WWII and how they formulated the codes based on the Navajo language. Words in English that start with an A may start with a W in Navajo. That was a turning point in World War Two and I expressed my thanks to those Code Talkers for their input. That was a part of several topics that we covered. Goggle Andrew and read his bio and even listen to some of his music, as I did. If you happen to come by this site Andrew I would like to say that it was a pleasure visiting with you and maybe I will see you at the Navajo Cultural Center on my next visit. Pete Hester

God Bless the USA

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 21-02-2013



 E-mail titled “if’ ” regarding the United States government from a friend in Dallas. Right on the mark I would say.

If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for being in the country illegally … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.If you have to get your parents? permission to go on a field trip or take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.If the only school curriculum allowed to explain how we got here is evolution, but the government stops a $15 million construction project to keep a rare spider from evolving to extinction … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

If you have to show identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor, or check out a library book, but not to vote who runs the government … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

If the government wants to ban stable, law-abiding citizens from owning gun magazines with more than ten rounds, but gives 20 F-16 fighter jets to the crazy new leaders in Egypt … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

If, in the largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but not a 24-ounce soda because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make you fat … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

If an 80-year-old woman can be stripped searched by the TSA but a woman in a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head searched … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

If a seven year old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his teacher is “cute”, but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school is perfectly acceptable … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

If children are forcibly removed from parents who discipline them with spankings while children of addicts are left in filth and drug infested ?homes?… you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government intrusion, while not working is rewarded with EBT cards, WIC checks, Medicaid, subsidized housing, and free cell phones … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

If the government’s plan for getting people back to work is to incentivize NOT working with 99 weeks of Unemployment checks and no requirement to prove they applied but can?t find work … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

If you pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest big screen TV while your neighbor buys iPhones, TV’s and new cars, and the government forgives his debt when he defaults on his mortgage … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

If being stripped of the ability to defend yourself makes you more “safe” according to the government … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.


Note to Meredith Bennett-Smith/ The Huffington Post

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 16-02-2013


Meredith Bennett-Smith says Tim Tebow is slated to speak at the controversial First Baptist Church of Dallas, TX, which she said is headed by a hate filled minister of the gospel, Rev. Robert Jeffress. Well, mam, you need to get out more because the message Rev. Jeffress is teaching is being taught across the country at churches every Sunday morning, and not just Baptist. You are invited to attend any one of those churches to get the low-down on all us hate filled Baptist and other Christians. To my knowledge, everyone of those fellows filling the pulpits say essentially the same thing and quote scripture, chapter and verse, from the bible. Baptist do not hate Jews, Mormons, or any other folks of a different belief, they simply say, “this is what the bible says” and then tell it like it is. Sorry if the shoe happens to fit. Some pastors say it in a way that is easier to swallow, but it is the same message. “Listen closely”, that’s how the Lord would say it. Of course, you know that He was a Jew, The King of the Jews” and He came to give salvation “first to the Jew and then to the Gentile”. Non-believing Jews or Gentiles are excluded from the Kingdom of Heaven per our Kings own words. Tim Tebow is trying to relay that same message to a lost generation. I don’t know you, but if you can make plans to attend that old “hate filled” church in April, hear the words that Mr. Tebow delivers and visit with some of the “hate filled” church goers (watch out, you may find them lovable) and then let us hear from you. Ok…Thanks for reading this post….Pete Hester

update: Ms. Bennett-Smith, apparently you talked Mr. Tebow out of attending the Dallas Church, however, I don’t think you stopped the message being spoken there. I am sure Rev. Jeffress will stay with his planned message so you still might ought to plan on being there. Breaking news, maybe…….Let me know…..Pete Hester

State of the Union…My Point of View

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 13-02-2013


We citizens are all allowed a say, huh? Good or bad…Listen, I hate the Robin Hood mentality, taking from the rich to give to the poor and we all need to contribute but we need to think about the contributions the rich make now, providing work for others….And the new minimum wage sounds real good and I want better for all of our workers, but you and I have to pay for it. You kidding me, we both know the price of a happy meal is going up, as the corporate cost goes up the cost of his product goes up. …Closing loop holes in corporate taxes, ok we can do that, but there again, his cost goes up in more taxes and you and I pay more for his product….There ain’t no free lunch, folks, you know that and I know that. Remember what the cost of diesel fuel used to be and how we all wanted to go to diesel driven vehicles. Well, the government (EPA) said we need to reduce the sulphur content that diesel engines produce and made the refineries lower the sulphur. They did, adding the refinery steps to take it out. Where is the price of diesel now? Well, you know the answer. It is higher than gasoline creating higher transportation cost for all our goods nationwide. Truckers fuel sur-charges are out of sight. For every action there is a reaction…that will not change. We can close the loop holes but you and I pay for that also, don’t kid yourself….. reform of immigration….sounds good, huh? We will tighten up the borders and keep out illegals…Now, let me see, 8 million granted amnesty is 1986 and maybe 11 million granted a form of  amnesty in 2013 and in about 25 years from now you can almost count on another 4 to 5 million wanting amnesty providing we did tighten the borders, but probably more like 6 to 8 million. I don’t know, maybe it will be different this time…You reckon?…Well, I am just an old fashion American and not really ready for the modern era and the new math required even in addition, I mean, what comes after trillion????? Pete

Umm, Umm, Green Chili Stew

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 12-02-2013


Want some good eating…well, try this….

Green Chili Stew, 1 large irish potato, peeled and cubed, 1 lb. of cubed pork, beef, or chicken breast, 2 cloves minced garlic, 1/2 cup chopped onion, more if you like, 1- 10 oz can of diced tomatoes, Package (7 0z.) chopped frozen green chili, salt and pepper to taste, 2 – 4 Tbsp. oil, 1 Tbsp. flour., cover ingredients in chicken broth 1 to 2 inches deep (water will work but broth is better). Instructions: heat oil, brown potato and onion and remove from pot. Brown meat. Return potato and onion to pot, add broth, etc.  Bring to boil then simmer about 1 hour until meat is tender. Cilantro will season it up if you have it..but not to heavy….Serve with flour tortillas or  salttine crackers will work….Ummm, its worth your while folks….this old fat boy knows what he is talking about….Pete

Israeli Air Force…I mean the first one, guys…look

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 12-02-2013


This e-mail is from a friend of mine, who by the way is a retired Colonel and is a world traveler and seems to know everyone world wide…That’s a joke, but he does have friends world wide….This is a couple of his e-mails and a short video that I thought all of you readers would enjoy. Thank you  Mark Welch and Mr. Reytan Avi for sharing with us.

Headings and e-mail addresses removed. Below starts his message…..

Avi is a retired Israeli Naval Captain, and is the husband of one of my classmates, Irit, when we lived in Israel.

Irit survived the holocaust and still has her Nazi identification numbers tattooed onto her wrists.

We went to a Scots Presbyterian school, Tabeetha School, in Jaffa (Joppa). We had a multitude of nationalities there – British, American, Israeli, Arab etc. Studied the Old Testament every morning, and New Testament in the afternoons. Every day. You would think I would be a scholar by now, but I am not. However, I am trying.

We were in Israel as part of the US Govt AID program, and my dad was there to help the Israelis develop their mineral industry. We had been in East Africa for 2 years prior to that, where he was attached to the British Govt doing much the same work, and then after Israel, off to Nepal for 3 years, again with the AID program.

— On Sat, 2/9/13,  wrote:

From: Mark Welch
Subject: Re: : The beginning of the Israeli Air Force….!!
To: “Reytan Avi”
Date: Saturday, February 9, 2013, 9:50 AM

This is wonderful. Thanks.I arrived in Israel in the summer of 1952 and lived there for 3.5 years in Ramat Gan and went to school in Jaffa, as you know, with Irit.Evangelical Christians, who are almost universally supportive of Israel, believe that the Lord God planned all of this in advance and was there protecting Israel, thru fighters like these guys.Take care,Mark

— On Sat, 2/9/13, Reytan Avi wrote:

From: Reytan Avi
Subject: : The beginning of the Israeli Air Force….!!
To: “Mark Welch”
Date: Saturday, February 9, 2013, 6:56 AM


Hi Mark

First of all I hope that you and Sharon are O.K.


I want to share with you our feelings and appreciation to the people of U.S.A.

for the aid that you gave from the day that Israel was born till today.

This short and moving video sheds a small piece of it…..!!!

Take care.





Subject: : Israeli Air Force documentary


Password is: iaf









Rio Grande (part time river)

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 07-02-2013


This morning’s Albuquerque Journal (01/07/13) front page, shows a picture of the Rio Grande down ’round Los Lunas, NM and it is down to a trickle. Matter of fact, Mulberry Branch in Pickens County, AL has more flow than the Rio Grande at this point. Last year I crossed over the Rio Grande bridge on Highway 380 at San Antonio, NM and the river was completely dry. It’s a sad fact that our rain and snow is down so much that our farmers, not only in New Mexico, but all the way down the Rio Grande Valley will suffer this year unless we have some relief. The weatherman on Channel 13 yesterday reports that the snow pack at all our ski resorts are down 4 – 8 inches on the year and that will result in less snowmelt runoff. We need some rain, a good heavy drizzle for like 4 days and nights, that might do it or at least it will help. Well, maybe I better leave the amount up to the Almighty, and just say we need a goodly amount. In the next week days, pending me having some time to do so, I will take some pictures from different bridges crossing the Rio Grande and post a couple of them on this site. Some of you who have never been out our way may dispute our calling this a river, but it does run strong 6 months or so out of the year. I will try to take a picture from the same bridge when that happens. However, right now, I will have to say the Rio Grande is a part time river at best.   Pete

Fishing Trip for 2013

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 05-02-2013


Well, the Hester boys (and one Denton and one Trower, but they are Hester’s) have decided we need another fish trip. Last year it was up to  Platoro, Co from May 31 to June 3rd, opening weekend for the Gold Pan Acres Cabins and RV Parking Camp. And it could happen again this year. But, this year the final decision has not been made as to where we will go.  One of the options is the Glen Canyon Dam Reservoir  at Page, Az and  renting a houseboat large enough to accommodate the whole clan. Now, it will cost us a dad-blamed fortune to do that, but when it comes to fishing we don’t seem to “clam” up our wallets…..Geez, have you priced a fishing lure lately. They are high…. You lose one and you almost want to dive in to look for it. But on Glen Canyon I figure we may do more playing than fishing, but maybe not, and it is so deep you will not get hung up in the brush. So, we might save money on lures….If we go back to Platoro I hope for a couple of things. One, that they have done some work on the rub-board gravel roads…..Two, that we will go up a little later in the year so it will not be so dog-gone cold. One can not beat the fishing that we had last year…It was terrific…What about it guys…What are some of the other options?  We are not ready for the quality waters up on the San Juan, are we??? Probably not.

Number three grandson is saying some choice words about his flat tire at Gold Pan Acres Cabin, Platoro, Co, in June, 2012….

Immigration Reform?

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 30-01-2013


Immigration reform does not mean amnesty, does it? Now let me see……If I recall, President Reagan gave amnesty to 8 million back in, what, 1986, or whenever, with the thoughts of tightening down the border, making it hard to hire illegals and controlling the border to keep out more illegals…or something close to that. And now, President Obama want to clear a PATHWAY to citizenship for another 11 million illegals and tighten down the border, control hiring, blah, blah, blah…….So now we will have 19 million votes for the democrats plus children who become voting age…I don’t think President Reagan ever thought the first 8 million would vote for the democrats, but the Republicans are too tight with the purse strings…..What, you don’t think thats the way it is? Well, think again…. America is the land of the free and we are giving it away. We need to be a little selfish. Lets stop this nonsense. Give the illegals a special pass to be here for as long as they want or as needed, but please stop short of granting them citizenship. Granting citizenship to lawbreakers is crazy, completely crazy….Geez, maybe it is just me, a cranky old man, but something just ain’t right. Somebody needs to wise up and I think it is us, the voters of America. But wait, we just spoke….”A chicken in every pot”…..Lord help us…..