Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy Independence Day 2019!!


I am deeply patriotic.  I attribute that to my grandmother who left Jalisco at the age of 18 to venture into a new world.  We studied the constitution together as she became a naturalized citizen of the United States.  She had me promise to never disrespect the privilege to vote, by failing to exercise the privilege. 

I am Mexican-American.  I am equally  proud of being each; I would not want to be anything else.

The United States gave me opportunities.  I can think of nowhere on the planet where a little girl of such humble beginnings, who grew up in a tiny 500 sq ft home,  could think that the world was filled with possibilities. 

And every goal I succeeded or surpassed.   It is because of this amazing nation. 

Today and every day I celebrate The United States of America.

Have a safe and sane 4th !!

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  1. Happy Independence Day Chivis!

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  2. Happy Independence Day! For all its ups and downs, this country and its people have good hearts and can overcome anything.

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    1. big thumbs up to that one

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    2. Muy feliz 4 de julio los Estados Unidos y Borderland Beat.

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    3. 2:41 TRAITOR, Where the hell you been!
      I hope you have not gone to CJNG.

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  3. Great country! Thankful to be a legal alien in this nation.

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    1. 12:12 Believe it or not!
      Illegal aliens celebrate in this nation too,
      Mainly because it is a holiday, but that will do.

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  4. Happy 4th Chivas. I'm a duel citizen. Coming to the U.S.A. gave me many opportunities. Becoming a Medical Dr.and helping people in both countries is such a blessing.Enjoy. Peace.

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    1. Bravo!

      The greatest joy in my life was founding our family foundation a 401c3. the first kitchen i built [serves 15k meals to schoolchildren living in poverty, per month] was in NE Coahuila. My entire family traveled to the inauguration in mexico.

      I named it after my grandmother who I studied the constitution with.

      I think it is important to 'give back' in anyway one can.

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    2. That is so beautiful Chivis. God bless you for helping kids in poverty. My husband’s grandparents came to this country from Mexico. They raised him to love this country and respect his Mexican roots. He served in the Marine Corps and many in the family have served in the armed forces. Happy 4th!

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    3. That is how the majority of immigrants raised their children and grandchildren. I wish people could know this.

      My grandmothers four sons fought in the war together something she was proud to support and encourage. Her 7 children had 2 dozen offspring, all but 5 are civil servants of some type. A level 6 DA, a Superior court judge, FFs police detectives, teachers etc etc and a humanitarian. :) about half served in the armed forces. Paz....Chivis

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  5. Happy 4th of July America! From down here.
    El Perin de Tamp.

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  6. Happy 4th of July America. Don’t forget many brave men and women have died defending the freedoms you get to enjoy. - Sol Prendido

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    1. 12:42 it is a pity the US armed forces have fallen in hard times, getting used for wars for profit by chicken hawks who refused to serve who do not care about the men they send to fight and die in their behalf, some are politicians with 5 deferrals who never would have made a living in the private sector without catapulting from their positions through defense contracts awarded to their employers. And who now want to leave veterans out of the VA budget they and their buddies administer for their own profit while playing golf all the time...
      --Thanks to patriots who do not presume of+r profess patriotism but have proved it on battlefields all over the world.

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    2. As a fellow veteran, I thank you for your service.

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    3. It’s always good to hear from you playboy. - Sol Prendido

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  7. Happy 4th of July gents. I will never forget that one 4th of july I spent in the Argandob river valley in RC South during the Afghan Surge.

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  8. Chivis, from the bottom of my heart I'd like to thank you for those comments. I as a veteran appreciate anybody that loves these country.

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  9. Happy 4th of July. I am glad to live in the land of the free. Many dream of coming to America. As there is twrmoil in many countries. God bless you.

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  10. Independence Day was made possible by the men who stood their ground at Concord Bridge. Let us face the future with the ringing spirit of Americanism, determination, valor and courage to preserve that priceless heritage for which they gave their lives.

    Chivis, you and your family are a gift from God to our great nation.

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  11. More than a nuclrar hiroshima nuke per year! Looking back at President Obama’s legacy, the Council on Foreign Relation’s Micah Zenko added up the defense department’s data on airstrikes and made a startling revelation: in 2016 alone, the Obama administration dropped at least 26,171 bombs. This means that every day last year, the US military blasted combatants or civilians overseas with 72 bombs; that’s three bombs every hour, 24 hours a day.

    While most of these air attacks were in Syria and Iraq, US bombs also rained down on people in Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan. That’s seven majority-Muslim countries.

    One bombing technique that President Obama championed is drone strikes. As drone-warrior-in-chief, he spread the use of drones outside the declared battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq, mainly to Pakistan and Yemen. Obama authorized over 10 times more drone strikes than George W Bush, and automatically painted all males of military age in these regions as combatants, making them fair game for remote controlled killing.

    President Obama has claimed that his overseas military adventures are legal under the 2001 and 2003 authorizations for the use of military force passed by Congress to go after al-Qaida. But today’s wars have little or nothing to do with those who attacked the United States on September 11, 2001.

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  12. As President Obama enters the final weeks of his presidency, there will be ample assessments of his foreign military approach, which has focused on reducing U.S. ground combat troops (with the notable exception of the Afghanistan surge), supporting local security partners, and authorizing the expansive use of air power. Whether this strategy “works”—i.e. reduces the threat posed by extremists operating from those countries and improves overall security and governance on the ground—is highly contested. Yet, for better or worse, these are the central tenets of the Obama doctrine.

    In President Obama’s last year in office, the United States dropped 26,172 bombs in seven countries. This estimate is undoubtedly low, considering reliable data is only available for airstrikes in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Libya, and a single "strike," according to the Pentagon’s definition, can involve multiple bombs or munitions. In 2016, the United States dropped 3,028 more bombs—and in one more country, Libya—than in 2015.

    Most (24,287) were dropped in Iraq and Syria. This number is based on the percentage of total coalition airstrikes carried out in 2016 by the United States in Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), the counter-Islamic State campaign. The Pentagon publishes a running count of bombs dropped by the United States and its partners, and we found data for 2016 using OIR public strike releases and this handy tool.* Using this data, we found that in 2016, the United States conducted about 79 percent (5,904) of the coalition airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, which together total 7,473. Of the total 30,743 bombs that the coalition dropped, then, the United States dropped 24,287 (79 percent of 30,743).

    To determine how many U.S. bombs were dropped on each Iraq and Syria, we looked at the percentage of total U.S. OIR airstrikes conducted in each country. They were nearly evenly split, with 49.8 percent (or 2,941 airstrikes) carried out in Iraq, and 50.2 percent (or 2,963 airstrikes) in Syria. Therefore, the number of bombs dropped were also nearly the same in the two countries (12,095 in Iraq; 12,192 in Syria). Last year, the United States conducted approximately 67 percent of airstrikes in Iraq in 2016, and 96 percent of those in Syria.

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    1. That was a whole lot of words.

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    2. 3:59 thanks for your report, it i'd like to know how much of all that bombing was the price for getting anything done by President Obama who was opposed by congress and senate obstructionists who were ready to shut down government by any means necessary, horse dealings do not conduct to too many good things.
      Then there are the private War Profiteers who must keep doing what they do best to make themselves some money, like detonating Benghazi to burn Obama's hopes for reelection, as they did in Iran taking the US embassy to hell Ronnie beat Jimmy Carter...
      The evil heirs of Roy Cohn never stopped working behind the curtains to get their evil ways and revenges that why charlatans like Roger Stone have a foot in prison if they are not in it yet, they did not need to sell out their country like independence war Hero and a favorite of President Washington, Benedict Arnold. But they did it out of greed, in spite of MILLIONS and MILLIONS of dollars they have "earned" consulting with friend and foe since the days of Joe McCarthy, Roy Cohn and Richard Nixxon in the fifties, when they persecuted suspect enemy commie friends of the Russians who are now their own best friends...

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  13. Awesome 4th statement chivis. Many Hispanic families share your story. Although the U.S. isn't perfect many of it's citizens are grateful for being American and the opportunities it has given them which otherwise might not have been attainable. May God bless us all this 4th of July.

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  14. Happy 4th to all of you at BB, and my fellow know it all's, nuthuggers, and especially Sicario006...With all of our fault, America is still the most free, greatest nation on Earth. I'm thankful to be a Mexican-American

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  15. Thank you!! And God bless Mexico and America!! As am American who lived in Mexico for ten years I love both countries. And as Americans we should all rejoice when someone else can find their dream in our country!! God bless all

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  16. God Bless You Chivas! Happy 4th of July!

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  17. Norwegian so came over here on a very different route but feel the same, proud to be a us citizen. God bless and happy 4th of July everyone!

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  18. Feliz día delos cuentes!!!

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  19. Happy 4th Chivis! Thank you for all you do. From your community work to this website. I wish there were more people like you in this country. And thank you to all the other contributors who make this site great. Yaqui, Sol, Armadillo and everyone else.
    - Solothurn la Arma

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    1. I agree with your post on BB's contributors (past and present)
      Chivis really epitomizes realistic humanitarianism blended into a scholar and great patriot. Simply put, she is a powerful "FORCE" for good in this troubled world.
      I'd love to read her autobiography. Her story as a child and young woman has to be inspiring for her trials and tribulations. I submit, that sometimes greatness comes from good genes combined with stoically and courageously passing through these trials and tribulations.
      Que VIVA CHIVIS !
      Que VIVA America !
      Happy 4th of July, fellow patriots!
      Mexico-Watcher

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    2. Thank you so much for your kind words MW!! My story is not that different than many 1st and 2nd generation immigrants.

      The Martinez journey was not without setbacks. My grandather missed Mexico terribly. and he was criollo! [first generation Spaniard born in mexico]. they went back for 7 years with my mother and 2 uncles. but alas chose to permanently make the U.S. their "forever home"

      I am writing a little series of books. It is abut our little white dog in China. My husband bought him from a street person in Guangdong for 20 USD. My husband has saved over a dozen dogs in china. But has kept 3 and two of those hooked up and had a litter of 3 more. they are the luckiest dogs in china.

      I hope to find time to finish!

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  20. Thank you Chivas. I've been a near daily follower of this page since 2012 and have always appreciated the work you and the others put in. Most of the articles on the site cannot be found elsewhere in English and that makes this page one of a kinda and so special to so many. THANK YOU ALL AND GOD BLESS 🙏🙏🙏

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  21. My Grandmother came to U.S. after my Great Grandfather was killed in the 1910 Revolution. Thank you Grandmother and God Bless Trump and the 🇺🇸

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  22. Now Fed Police r mad at Amlo. Now i have to build a Relationship with the N G who do I payoff "NOW"

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    1. 5:48 there are 500 polesia federal strikers.
      And 40 000 polesia federal at work, most waiting for reassignments
      Here and there, nobody will be dismissed except for troublemakers that chose to make waves or abandoned their jobs with PF or Guardia Nacional expecting to do a Coup d' Etat in cahoots with FECAL, FOX and Osorio chon, the presidential wannabe.

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  23. I'm very thankful the american government and law enforcements give me security and freedom for my family. If I get murdered today, my life will not be forgotten - the law will prevail. Unlike lawless country out there that tied in with criminal organizations - life are cheap and dispensable.

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    1. 6:03 bud American government is the biggest cartel there is using its armed wings like DEA,CIA,FBI,DHS,etc..we get to enjoy freedom here in the US while somewhere in the planet someone is losing theirs at the hands of Americans...u die today tomorrow nobody will remember u existed other than ur family

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    2. 6:03 criminal governments sank Mexico in mass graves and murders, disappearances and extortion, in cahoots with foreign mercenaries that came to suck off the Mierda Initiative since FECAL started his presidency. Continued with EPN.
      Do not confuse yourself comparing AMLO with them.

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  24. Racists are so freaking ignorant. Legal or illegal the millions of Mexicanos in the USA get used to not paying mordida to the cops and having the police actually respond to a 911 call. Corruption is hidden in the USA and not blatantly IN YOUR FACE like it is in Mexico and what I have never seen in print is the growing built-in-intolerance that ex pat Mexicanos take back to Mexico. If you think it does not exist or is unimportant you are sadly mistaken. Returning Mexicanos are bitter at Mexico for blatantly open predatory corruption. And when they return home they are blatantly open about it.

    When Mexico changes it is going to come from within la gente. Nothing moves fast in Mexico but when it moves it is dramatic. God Bless America And Mexico. We could have ended up with Iranian and North Korean grade neighbors you know

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    1. David: Amigo, I agree with your post and your positive views on how Mexicans returning home with new perspectives,(skills, values too) could be healthy for changing Mexico from what it has become today.
      ..............
      Mexican Deportees: You might not agree on this, but I think massive "deportations" of Mexicans from the USA would actually help Mexico. Can you just see how huge numbers deportees imbued with hefty doses of what makes the United State great do "if" they were welcomed to work "with" their compatriots? {I am not proposing arrogant "know it all" intrusive involvements... but realistic and respectful participation as legit citizens come home.
      ............

      Sadly, we only know too well, that currently and in the past Sadly, many Mexican deportees end up working for the criminal elements because they exploit their bilingual/bi-cultural assets for profit and evil.(I've known many such cases ).
      .............

      So, again,and bluntly put. Mexico might (paradoxically}
      benefit from massive numbers of deportees from the USA, getting involved in needed reforms.
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      IMHO: AMLO's ideas and reforms for a Utopian Mexico will fail. Why? Because too many powerful entities and common folks are socialized to be fatalistic survivors on a day to day basis given the pervasive violence and many other risks... maybe nothing will change.
      Readers, if you disagree or take offense at the negatives I wrote above, please post a rebuttal. I sincerely want know what you think.
      Mexico-Watcher

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    2. 8:52 AMLO has been a PRIISTA earlier in his life, for about 20 years, he left and chose a hard life of learning to transform how to make a revolution, and now he is the PRESIDENTE.
      BECAUSE SOME CHOSE TO STAY AND TRY IN MEXICO.
      I wouldn't even imagine me becoming a politician.

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    3. 11:43 most of the people coming these days to the US are Central Americans deluded or contracted by coyotes with loans and easy payments and some refugees sick and tired of the results of implementing the Republica Bananera system of democratic governance in their own countries where, as in Mexico, "real democratic feelings and human rights" have no place but in front of government's police and military bullets.

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  25. Chivis,

    I am a day late, but your comment really hit home!
    I am very patriotic! My dad came from Jalisco then got drafted.
    He was very proud to serve and to become a citizen of the US.
    This country is the best, besides it faults. ONE NATION UNDER GOD!
    Glory be to his Name **

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  26. Same to you and Godspeed.

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  27. Chivis: We have a great deal in common! You absolutely made my day!
    VIVA AMERICA!
    Mexico-Watcher

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  28. Happy belated Independence Day. Thanks for your contributions here, Chivas. I live in Texas and hate that it is so screwed up across the border. Mexico has great art, music, food, natural resources, beautiful beaches, wonderful people but it's run by a bunch of corrupt, greedy death merchants. One day I know it will change for the good. Unfortunately, I think it will happen later than sooner.

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    1. Mexico is a beautiful country with a rich culture and history. It is my opinion that those who corrupt and those who kill, steal, and pillage do so freely as they are shrouded by the apathy of citizens. It is easier, safer that way.

      I have been asked by Mexicans what do I think it will take to create change in Mexico....I say "Mexicans must become passionate for change, so passionate, one is willing to die for change". as it is, there is no placement for concern and the desire for change, the majority of people have tuned out, given up, look the other way----aquí no pasa nada.

      As it is no one speaks openly about the ills, especially about narcos. They become nervous when I do, or if I ask questions.

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    2. Chivis, I wish you were a soccer ball,
      to score a goal with you.
      With bunches of love.

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    3. Chivis!
      You love me!
      Thanks...
      Atte: 1:12

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  29. Salute to the documented and legal immigrants. Happy Birthday America!

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  30. Mexican by Blood..... American by the grace of my maker

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