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Running of the Elephants (GOP candidate, elephants, Mariachi band swim the Rio Grande)
Brownsville Herald ^ | October 11th, 2006 | Sara Ines Calderon

Posted on 10/13/2006 11:23:24 PM PDT by EternalVigilance

Reports of an elephant crossing the river or people trying to smuggle an elephant across were rampant Tuesday while an elaborate political stunt was taking shape near the mouth of the Rio Grande.

It was a while later that the stunt, which was a photo shoot, was abruptly met by federal agents.

“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.

Three elephants, two African and an Asian, were taken out to a ranch near Boca Chica beach to perform, the 31-year-old Bhakta said.

He was in Brownsville to raise funds with friends and decided to get a first-hand look at border security while he was here, he said.

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.

According to his Web site, he is in favor of “sensible immigration reform” and supports a border fence, local law enforcement assistance with immigration laws and the use of the National Guard troops to help the U.S. Border Patrol.

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

The elephants came from Shrine Circuses, said James Plunkett, who produces the circus. They arrived in Brownsville on Monday and were scheduled to be on their way to Maybank on Tuesday afternoon. The elephants and the crew were at the Rio Grande for less than an hour, Plunkett said.

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.

Rumors made their way around town and back to Plunkett and his crew, he said.

“We were hearing all kinds of crazy stuff ourselves,” Plunkett said.

Someone reported to the Border Patrol that people were smuggling elephants, he said.

Bhakta was getting on a plane Tuesday afternoon shortly after the USDA released the elephants and they began their journey back to Maybank.

He said he was “staggered” by what happened on Tuesday and was planning on sharing the story with his potential constituents.

“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.

The mariachi band was not immediately available for comment.

sicalderon@brownsvilleherald.com


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KEYWORDS: congress; elephants; immigration; mariachibands
:-)
1 posted on 10/13/2006 11:23:25 PM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: Taxman; Waywardson; Broadside; Gelato; Ladycalif

Ya can't make this stuff up...

2 posted on 10/13/2006 11:26:21 PM PDT by EternalVigilance ("We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created..." - Thomas Jefferson et al)
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To: EternalVigilance

What a clever way to highlight the problem. Kudos to this guy.

LBT
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3 posted on 10/13/2006 11:27:20 PM PDT by LiberalBassTurds (Al Qaeda needs to know we are fluent in the "dialogue of bullets.")
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To: potlatch; EternalVigilance


HEH

Rush talked about this today


4 posted on 10/13/2006 11:29:58 PM PDT by devolve (playing:___MONEY HONEY--Hairy Reid)
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To: EternalVigilance

LOL! Heard about this on the radio today. Brilliant. Hilarious. A bit frightening. A definite eye opener.


5 posted on 10/13/2006 11:30:30 PM PDT by CountryBumpkin
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To: CountryBumpkin

6 posted on 10/13/2006 11:33:49 PM PDT by EternalVigilance ("We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created..." - Thomas Jefferson et al)
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To: devolve

I read about this yesterday! Maybe it was in our newspaper. That would be Matamoros across from Brownsville.


7 posted on 10/13/2006 11:35:03 PM PDT by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: potlatch


A real panic!

Where is Herb Alpert when we need him now?


8 posted on 10/13/2006 11:38:49 PM PDT by devolve (playing:___MONEY HONEY--Hairy Reid)
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To: devolve

Wonder how old Herb Alpert is by now?


9 posted on 10/13/2006 11:41:54 PM PDT by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: potlatch


A guy just passed on in the West Indies at 126

He was recently still going out dancing

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Hard to imagine Herb Alpert today

We live in those memories sometimes

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10 posted on 10/13/2006 11:46:30 PM PDT by devolve (playing:___MONEY HONEY--Hairy Reid)
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To: devolve

126 yrs old and still dancing. WOW.


11 posted on 10/13/2006 11:52:38 PM PDT by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: potlatch


The US Coast Guard just reported 47 Cubans made it across the Rio Grande into Texas in a bright yellow Ford Pinto hatchback

Breaking......


12 posted on 10/13/2006 11:59:46 PM PDT by devolve (playing:___MONEY HONEY--Hairy Reid)
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To: devolve

Common devolve, you are kidding me! Friday the 13th is over!
Thumbs, Pintos, I'm heading for bed, lol.


13 posted on 10/14/2006 12:10:25 AM PDT by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: potlatch


Drudge has his siren up


14 posted on 10/14/2006 12:16:52 AM PDT by devolve (playing:___MONEY HONEY--Hairy Reid)
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To: potlatch

Herb Alpert is now 71 years old. His last record was made in 1999. He spends a lot of his time painting and has produced a few (theatrical) shows on Broadway.


15 posted on 10/14/2006 1:40:28 AM PDT by TheMole
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To: EternalVigilance; gubamyster; A. Pole; HiJinx

We saw this on BOR last night.
Excellent!

Kudos to Bhakta!


16 posted on 10/14/2006 4:58:13 AM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: devolve; TheMole

Herb is having "A Taste of Honey" now, huh? Thanks for info.


17 posted on 10/14/2006 12:41:13 PM PDT by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: EternalVigilance

Love it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAcIGx-nxdI


18 posted on 10/14/2006 3:52:16 PM PDT by Ladycalif
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To: EternalVigilance

The mariachi band was the perfect touch.


19 posted on 10/14/2006 3:54:17 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: TheMole; potlatch



Thanks

Collecting good "T" .midis now and some .wavs too

A representative mix of great TJB music

 Herb Alpert music was on top back a while 




20 posted on 10/14/2006 5:55:14 PM PDT by devolve (playing:___MONEY HONEY--Harry Reid)
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To: devolve

Brings to mind THE LONELY BULL


21 posted on 10/14/2006 6:11:56 PM PDT by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: Admin Moderator

Why'd this go to chat?


22 posted on 10/14/2006 6:15:09 PM PDT by EternalVigilance ("We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created..." - Thomas Jefferson et al)
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To: devolve

Herb either owns or did own A & M Records. He had many top groups under contract, like The Carpenters.


23 posted on 10/15/2006 3:05:18 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Our troops will send all of the worlds terrorists to hell in a handbasket with no virgins!)
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