6.09.2011

Texas Rangers Want You To Know About A "Shootout" This Morning


DPS has issued an official statement with a lot of information missing. But a shootout with Mexican drug cartel certainly will make headlines which is exactly why DPS issued a press release before the facts are in.  I bet Gov. Perry comments on it before the day ends because, after all, the "Texas Ranger Recon" is Perry's border war baby.

Questions that come to mind:

- How do they know they were "cartel" boats? I'll give them the benefit of the doubt, but that implies DPS knows not only that a cartel was in charge of the boats but which cartel. That is, unless they are using "cartel" very loosely.
- They were "drug laden" boats so how much dope was seized? I see the word "large" but that doesn't help much. For an agency which is an expert in the Drug War, they should at least have an estimate. And can they at least mention the type? (Then again, a shootout over marijuana kind of takes away from the press release. Do we really want the Rangers involved in gunfire over something Willie Nelson just got fined for?)
- With all gunfire coming from Mexico, how do they know at least three of the shooters were hurt? Or were the injured "suspected drug runners" not the shooters at all but were with the boats? Friendly fire?
- Isn't it a little premature to call it a "shootout" between the Rangers and "a drug cartel" since we don't know the identities of those on the Mexican side? "Possible", "Suspected" or "Believed" drug cartel in the headline would seem more appropriate.

Edit: Sen. John Cornyn is already exploiting it by blaming the President.

Edit @ 9:40 p.m.: Despite promising more details from DPS, this is all we've got late in the evening:

Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Tela Mange said Wednesday afternoon she could not provide additional details, saying operations were continuing. Mange said law enforcement officers received minor injuries not related to the gunfire.

Baloney. The only news we've gotten has been carefully filtered through DPS who has a vested interest, especially in these lean budget times, in justifying what it does. We supposedly had a "shootout" with a "cartel" today. You, as taxpayers, should demand to know the details of an event that was so important that an immediate (and unusual) press release was issued with all the necessary headline grabbing buzzwords.   Any of you guys remember Pravda?

Edit the next morning: And so it begins. We have the first report that the DPS  press release was a gross exaggeration if not full of out right lies!



40 comments:

Anonymous said...

Picky, Picky, Picky!

Double Fake "Get Smart" Agent 86

Anonymous said...

Doesn't posting a vague news flash in an effort to incite response and to take a shot at the governor make YOU the media whore?

Anonymous said...

Aren't you being a little hurt on the boys?

Anonymous said...

www.borderlandbeat.com

Anonymous said...

DPS with boats? You gotta be kiddin' me! I bet it looked like this--

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3cEF5wfk0o

Seriously, if they want to stop drugs coming across the border, they ought to put the game wardens in charge.

Anonymous said...

I do not see how this is different than what 100% of the media outlets in the world do. Post a bunch of preliminary reports when a story breaks and follow-up with the facts later. Seems to me like the DPS just cut out the middle-man. Really not any different than how the Obama killed Osama raid was reported.

Anonymous said...

Palin already issued a press release. Said they were Mexican socialists who were coming to seize our guns. They were warned by Paul Revere that if they tried anything, the DPS would shoot them.

Did I accurately relate her statements, wordkyle?

Rage

Anonymous said...

they wounded three democrat voters.

Anonymous said...

Where's Weiner when you need him?

Anonymous said...

There needs to be a lot more shootouts between them and the messkins.

The Mexican Authorities said...

Gracias mucho mis amigos por decirnos sobre los barcos cargados de la droga. ¡Vamos a party como las estrellas del rock esta noche!

Anonymous said...

Just because they didn't publish all the information doesn't mean they don't know it.

Anonymous said...

Boy Barry Calm Down buddy ...Calm down

Anonymous said...

Skippy, It's a good thing you went into ambulance chasing instead of law enforcement. You would have soiled your pink panties when the first bullet from Mexico went whizzing by your head. Let real men do their job without screaming "But you didn't read them their rights" from behind your desk. You sir are pathetic.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Green, You are so correct about not wanting the Texas Rangers to be involved in gunfire over something that Willie Nelson was fined for. Let's keep the borders open for the drug trade and keep the money flowing to these cartels so that they can become even more powerful.

DF Guv Goodhair said...

To the three suspected drug runners:

Adios mofo.

Anonymous said...

I've decided that Mr. LL needs to move to a different country. He apparently doesn't like the laws in this country.

And as for the lack of details in the press release...if they would have release an estimate, Mr. LL would have certainly complained when the actual, later known, amount was different than the estimate.

And maybe, just maybe, the reason they know they were cartel members is because it's their job to know. Just because they don't pour all of their intelligence on cartels to the general public, doesn't mean there isn't any intelligence.

This is the standard "Defense Attorney" reaction to anything that does happen. If there is not enough details, complain. If there are plenty of details and fact, complain that drug laws are stupid. If there is mountain of information, fabricate a ficticious account of event and try to convince 12 jury members it's the truth.

Anonymous said...

2:01 funny observation and so true!

Anonymous said...

Thank gawd 2:47! Means less taypayer money to support their azzes.

Anonymous said...

3:11...We don't want any trouble around here, not in any language!

Remote Controller said...

Legalize the crap and save lives. Seriously, the only way to cut done on the violence is to legalize it and let Americans grow their own ganja.

Anonymous said...

Preparing the cartels defense?

Anonymous said...

2:18 p

The bird and turtle cops work for the same agency as DPS. The State! Duh.

ratherbesailin' said...

Come on LL; a headline is not legal testimony. Enough with the "alleged", "possible", "maybe," "perhaps."

Anonymous said...

Edit: Blogger Barry is already exploiting Sen. John Cornyn for exploiting it by blaming the President. It's a vicious circle Barry... BTW enjoying married life yet? Har har har har!

Anonymous said...

Bishop used to "fly" a helicoptor fer The Minute Men till he wrecked it. wind shear, i think.

Anonymous said...

go Shovel your stinkn topsoil barry.

Anonymous said...

YOU can really tell when all the cops go to commenting they cant stand anything that might not be what they think is cop friedly. SCREW THE COPS AN THE CARTEL BOTH.

Anonymous said...

Skippy would it make you feel better if it read like this: Republican SS Stormtroopers today fired multiple rounds indiscriminately into Mexico killing tens of thousands of Iraqis err... Mexicans who were simply trying to bring legitimate business into the US. The US AG Office is looking into possible indictments of Gov. Rick Perry for war crimes committed in a fictitious war on drugs which has simply been a cover for attempts at gaining control of foreign oil. Michael Moore is investigating.

Anonymous said...

Maybe we should put you bleeding heart liberals out there since you seem to think its not a big deal. But, I know that would never happen because you would not last long trying to reason or give benefit of doubt to murders. Its funny, Im pretty sure there might be a ongoing investigation being that there was an exchange of gunfire... so Im sure they will not put out all of the details yet. But you're right, we shouldnt worry about some marijuana, it will just lead to bigger and better drugs for your kids, but hey who cares? Right? It is amazing to me that people thing like they do. I dont understand why we cant thank the guys out there trying to keep our borders safe and drugs from getting in that will no doubt reach our youth..? Instead we ask, "well how do we know they were a cartel, or it was just a little marijuana. Personally, I think its bullshit and want to say Thank you DPS and CBP for helping keep the US safer.

Goober said...

Nice lob Barry, especially the part about Pravda!

Anonymous said...

I believe Pravda was the propaganda tool of the communist (socialist) dictatorship in the late great USSR. Does anyone note the hypocrisy of one who backs the socialist, yet attempts to spin this non-incident into a mass cover-up. Barry, you need to look into some of the wonderful medications for the treatment of paranoid schizophrenia.Oh and Glenn Beck is doing an expose on you, Phil King has your phone tapped, Newt Gingrich is running for prsident just to get you, and Gov Good Hair and Greg Abbott are working feverishly to take your license to practice law away.

Have a nice day!

RPM said...

Give 'em hell, Barrister! You sure that press release wasn't written by a Messenger reporter?

Anonymous said...

How successful you think we are in the "war" on drugs?
If you said "not very" your correct...

Anonymous said...

Teach your youth how to behave. Drink lots beer.

Anonymous said...

Be thankful you don't know everything that is going on down on the border with the Cartels. If you knew half of what was going on, and truly understood what was being prevented from coming across the border, you would be singing a different tune. DPS, TPW, and ICE are doing a great job in deterring the violence from spilling over from Mexico where it has been running rampant for the last 18 months.
There is a great documentary you need to check out, it’s called "Silver or Lead", and it will provide a little more insight about the vicious and heinous crimes that have been committed as the drug turf wars have escalated closer and closer to the American Border.
News Flash: DPS, TPW, and ICE are some of the key agencies involved in stopping cartel hired mercenaries from coming into Texas, and killing innocent people. Sometimes it’s not all about stopping a drug boat/vehicle..sometimes, it’s much, much, bigger..and with the increase in communication over the past 20 years, you can tip your hand to no one if you want to be successful.
I know, I know…you’re going to ask what the definition of “success” is..and that my friend, exemplifies your complete lack of knowledge in the situation. Be thankful for your ignorance, because it truly is bliss.

Anonymous said...

So Barry, are you basing your edit on one news report? Reports lie and exaturate too!!

Anonymous said...

Well, I'm happy to learn that litte drug probem is well in hand. Thanks for news!

Anonymous said...

Whatever you don't hurt one of the Wetback Messicans

Anonymous said...

Hey Barry! You want the truth? You can't handle the truth!

DF Col. Nathan R. Jessup, USMC