Saturday, October 14, 2006
Dhimmitude For Dunces Commends Raj on the Border
Raj on the Border “Must See”
Borderwatch Mocks Border Security
So circus producer James Plunkett was hired for the photo shoot and provided three elephants. [Raj] Bhakta said, "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."
Plunkett said his crew entered the Boca Chica beach area in Texas and remained for about an hour. The Border Patrol finally showed up & alerted the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the elephants were detained and sprayed for ticks then released.
It was not reported whether they were looking for American ticks or undocumented ticks.
Blue Crab Boulevard Condemns Border Security
Ay-yi-yi-yi. A Republican candidate for Congress had the idea of seeing how good border security was with Mexico. So he sent one of his elephants into the Rio Grande (he had three, after all) accompanied by a six piece mariachi band to see if anyone noticed. They did eventually, but it took quite a while.
A pretty bad black eye for border security. Such as it is.
Storm Warning’s Counterterrorism Blog States the Obvious
“I Came Away Utterly Shocked”
After his first trip to South Texas, a Pennsylvania congressional candidate was back home Wednesday sharing quite a tale, having chased an undocumented immigrant on foot one day and strolled the bank of the Rio Grande with three elephants and a blaring mariachi band the next.
"Border security is a major issue in my district and I wanted to see firsthand the situation and I came away utterly shocked at the state of insecurity that our border is in," said Raj Peter Bhakta, 30, a Philadelphia Republican whose previous claim to fame was being fired from the reality TV show "The Apprentice."
Frack O’ Criggin Dawn Highlights Raj on the Border
So, he set up this stunt: he and his film crew, along with three elephants and a six piece maraichi band.
And for the record, I don’t hold the individuals manning the border accountable personally. Well, not much. I do understand that they are understaffed to do what they are asked to do. Then again, they could be making more noise about how poor the security is and how big the holes really are. They are the only ones who really understand how bad it is — they should make Congress understand.
Meneltarma Blog Supports Raj
I love this guy. Either he has am awesome sense of humor, or he his just looking to pique America's sense of the absurd in his zeal to be elected.
Raj Peter Bhakta is his name and he is a Republican running for congress from Eastern Pennsylvania. He also is known by some (not me) as a former star on the NBC show "The Apprentice." I am ready to lay some heavy bets on his success even without knowing what he's up against.
Lone Star Times Spotlights Raj on the Border
Literally. A man running for Congress as a Republican in a Pennsylvania district was visiting Texas and decided to have a look at the border situation for himself.
Disturbed by this scene, our imaginative candidate did what any of us would do. He hired elephants and a band to demonstrate the ease of crossing the border.
This Story Is Real
About an hour ago, your friend and mine Mark, the Bon Jovi to my Sambora and the Dr. Dre to my Snoop Doggy Dogg, called to tell me about how a Republican Congressional candidate, who was a contestant on The Apprentice, marched an elephant and a six-piece mariachi band across the Mexican border to make a point about border security. I laughed, and then I said to myself, "Self, this is obviously from The Onion."
That's when I hopped on the computer to read a few articles on the ol' Associated Press. Folks, it's days like this that make me thank God for the blogosphere.
Arena of Ideas Agrees with Raj
In a seperate incident Raj witnessed six illegals swim underneath one of the international bridges without being challenged. That emboldened him to make immigration as a centerpiece of his campaign. The terrible truth of the matter is if Raj can get a mariachi band and three elephants across the border, what is stoping UBL and Al Qeada?
Watersblogged Links Video
Raje’s Rants Blog Showcases Raj on the Border
I love the last line of the story. Of course, no one mentioned if the elephants could be reached for comment. Stunts like this aside, can someone explain to me how anyone thinks a border fence would be a bad idea? Heck, at this point, I think we need to consider a moat. As for the three people on the planet who get the title of the post, I apologize for sending this link to everyone else.
ARA Blog Publicizes Raj on the Border
Blogs For Condi Links The Big Story Video
Blogs For Condi Links MSNBC Video
Having witnessed a horrifying breach of security along the U.S.-Mexico border, Congressional Candidate Raj Peter Bhakta decided to make an example of the situation at the border by riding an elephant across the Rio Grande as a mariachi band provided music for the event. Rita Cosby interviews him about the incident.
Daily News: Everyday Criminal
When nightfall arrives, police say, Kevin L. Johnson drifts through North Philly high on angel dust until he zeroes in on someone walking to a neighborhood store.
With little warning, Johnson, 20, approaches his target, mumbles nonsensically and then makes his demand: "Give it up, old head."
Since Oct. 6, cops say, Johnson has tried to rob eight people, and has shot five men who ran away from him in terror. Cops say Johnson chased and shot at a sixth man who fled but missed his moving target.
During his current robbery spree, he has tried to hold someone up every day for the past week, except for Wednesday, Brown said .
Daily News: Thoughts Turn to Rape
Cops said the clean-shaven man robbed and raped the 20-year-old woman in a wooded area behind the R8 Olney Station at about 11 a.m. last Friday.
"The investigation has been aggressive," said Special Victims Capt. John Darby. "But all are viable leads have been unsuccessful. As a result, the next step was to release the composite."
Police said the woman first noticed the man as he walked out of a tree-covered area across from the outdoor station. She thought he was on his way to the station for an innocent train ride.
Raj on the Border (The Complete Video Story)
Raj on The Big Story
On Thursday, Raj discussed border security with FOX’s John Gibson. Below is a transcript:
Gibson: So, I guess your point in the last thing is that you can be as obvious as riding an elephant with a mariachi band blaring away and they still wont notice?
Bhakta: You know it was unbelievable John. I mean I couldn’t have imagined that I would walk up to the US border, see a guy coming across, I figured if you can do that right under the nose of our border security, you can probably do just about anything including riding an elephant and having mariachi serenade you as you come into the country. It was truly remarkable.
Gibson: Where was this exactly?
Bhakta: It was very close to Brownsville, Texas, right on the Rio Grande, close to the Gulf of Mexico.
Gibson: Were you under the impression in that previous scene, not when you were on the elephant, but when you were watching this guy swim across, right under the border patrol. Did you have the sense that they knew those people were there and they were just letting them across or they truly were asleep at the switch and didn’t even know were they were there?
Bhakta: I can’t imagine that they would know, but I’ll tell you this much, there’s a guy going under the river, under the nose of border security, I’m chasing after him. I’ve got a camera guy chasing after me. I’m hollering at him and at the same time, they’re not doing anything and I think the important point here is not that I want to beat up on a poor Mexican guy who is coming into the country. The truth is if he can come under and I can make a demonstration splashing away in the Rio Grande on a four-ton elephant with a band playing a terrorist could easily get into this country.
Gibson: Raj, am I misinterpreting these pictures? You got a guy in his underwear, dripping wet, walking through the customs post and nobody but you notices it?
Bhakta: It’s exactly what I was thinking. I was hollering you want to catch somebody?
Gibson: And they only went because you pointed it out?
Bhakta: I can’t imagine there is any other way to explain it. I was there making a demonstration like asking them to come and take a look at what I’m looking at, running and yelling and hollering. This is a real problem and John if I could just make this point that if you think about it, five years after September eleventh, we’ve spent hundreds of billions of dollars, we’re in Iraq, we’re in Afghanistan, we’ve passed the Patriot Act, we’ve have a Homeland Security Department, untold treasure, thousands of lives and yet job one, security the border remains open and that’s because both political parties sadly, have not taken a strong stand on this for narrow political reasons and the American people are the victims here.
Gibson: When you came across with the elephant and the mariachi band, did the customs people even acknowledge what you were doing? Did they give you a hard time for trying to embarrass them? Did they do anything?
Bhakta: You know, I’ll tell ya, I was there on the border on the Rio Grande on the American side on the river for about an hour and a half, nobody came nobody came. The elephants about two hours afterwards, the Department of Agriculture, after we were leaving, wanted to spray them for ticks. That’s about it.
Gibson: Raj Bhakta, running for Congress in Pennsylvania. Raj, thanks very much. I appreciate it.
Raj on MSNBC
On Thursday, Raj discussed border security with MSNBC’s Rita Cosby. Below is a transcript:
Rita: You’re great. First of all, where did you get the elephant and the mariachi band?
Raj: You know it’s remarkably easy to come across in America, a mariachi band and an elephant. Easier than I thought, sure as heck easier to splash around in the Rio Grande than I ever imagined.
Rita: How did you come up with this idea to prove your point?
Raj: Rita, I was standing at the US-Mexico border watched a guy literally under the US bridge walk across. We chased him down and at the end of the day I realized you can probably get an elephant across this. You can probably get an elephant and have a mariachi band play and no one will come and that’s exactly what happened. Complete shock.
Rita: How was it riding the elephant? I actually rode one in Zimbabwe a couple of years ago. How did you like that experience?
Raj: I think a Cadillac has a little bit of a better ride though.
Rita: I agree. You know and speaking of plans and metal, the US is planning on building a 700-mile fence that’s President Bush’s plan. A lot of people are contesting it. What do you think of the whole border issue? Is that going to be effective or does something else need to be done?
Raj: I think the situation is such that border security is really a joke. I think we demonstrated that with elephants and mariachi bands. That’s the fact of the matter, what we need to do is to secure the border. Because, you’re talking for example Rita about North Korea, we’re talking about Iran. We’ve spent nearly a trillion dollars in the name of fighting terrorism over the past five years, numerous foreign excursions, blood and treasure spent copiously, yet at the same time, if I can do that on the US border with Mexico, I think its quite reasonable that a terrorist can get across with a weapon of mass destruction, potentially a thermonuclear device, so while we are using a joke, while we’re using satire, there is a deadly serious point here that I think we’re losing focus of the issue, so we need a fence and we also need to go in a more high tech area to secure the border. It’s not anti-immigration Rita. It’s very important. I think we need immigration…
Rita: Let me show you, in fact you’ve got some great clips here, you’re stuff is really amazing. In one part you follow a Mexican man, who illegally crosses right next to a group of border patrol guards. I want to show this, cause this is pretty strong stuff and I’ll get you to react, hold on…
Rita: You know the border agents actually finally caught up with that guy, but you know it looked like relatively busy, I’ve been down to the border a lot of times. What does this incident say to you about border security? What was your reaction when you saw that guy?
Raj: My reaction was let’s get a mariachi band and cross an elephant, because if he can do it, we can do it with an elephant a mile away.
Rita: What was the reaction from other people Raj? I mean as we’re looking at this video, you’re loud, you’re right there on the border, what were the reactions of any passersby?
Raj: Well, you know there really weren’t to many passersby there. It’s not the most highly populated area at the end of the day, but it was shock on my own part.
Rita: What did the border agents say to you afterwards when you said look I was there, here’s the video what was their reaction? Were they embarrassed?
Raj: I don’t think they’re particularly proud at the moment at the state of affairs. I don’t think its necessarily the fault of our border security forces it’s a misguided policy at the national government level and it’s political corruption on both sides that don’t want to deal with the border.
Rita: Raj, we just go two second left, what do you think your chances are of winning, you’re running for a Pennsylvania congressional seat…
Raj: Well put it this way my chances of winning the seat are far greater than ever having made it on the Apprentice, so I think we’re going to do very well.
Rita: Well, we wish you a lot of luck, very creative way to send a message. Always good to see you Raj, thank you.