Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Raj on the Border Republished – Volume III

Raj on the Border Republished – Volume II

Raj on the Border Republished – Volume I

Raj & Elephants On Parade

Brownsville Herald spotlights pathetic border security.

“The elephant never made landfall into Mexico, but I tell you something, he could have made 15 laps back and forth, but no one showed up,” said Raj Peter Bhakta, a former star on the NBC show “The Apprentice,” who also is a Republican candidate for the 13th District U.S. House of Representatives seat in Eastern Pennsylvania.

In Brownsville, he witnessed half a dozen men swim under one of the international bridges “with complete immunity” which in turn prompted him to take the immigration issue to the next level.

Bhakta decided to see if he could get an elephant accompanied by a six-piece mariachi band across the river.

“To my surprise, the band played on, the elephants splashed away, and nobody showed up,” Bhakta said of the stunt. “I’m astounded.”

[James] Plunkett said he and his crew were hired for a “photo shoot” and entered the Boca Chica beach area without any notice from the Border Patrol. However, when it became clear that the elephants were in a quarantined area, the Border Patrol alerted the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the elephants had to be detained.

The animals needed to be sprayed for ticks.

“If I can get an elephant led by a mariachi band into this country, I think Osama bin Laden could get across with all the weapons of mass destruction he could get into this country,” Bhakta said.

Daily News: "People Pay”

Jill Porter chronicles the cost of violence.

It was an infamous shooting, even in a city where mayhem is routine.

Because the bullet that struck 11-year-old Joe Jaskolka in the head wasn't fired at him with malice.

It wasn't fired at him at all.

It fell from the sky in a shower of celebratory New Year's bullets just after midnight Jan. 1, 1999.

If a loss of life to gun violence is incalculable, the costs of surviving a catastrophic injury the way Joe did are chillingly specific.

They also can be measured in actual dollars.

The cost so far for the bullet in Joe Jaskolka's brain, according to his father's estimate?

Fourteen million dollars.