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Ranch Rescue(my insertion)Volunteer Denies Beating at Border
San Antonio Express-News ^ | 3/22/03 | John MacCormack

Posted on 03/24/2003 10:58:49 AM PST by libertylass

Volunteer denies beating on border

By John MacCormack San Antonio Express-News

Web Posted : 03/22/2003 12:00 AM

The leader of the border watch group Ranch Rescue denied Friday that two of its volunteer members detained and beat a Salvadoran they caught crossing a ranch in Jim Hogg County. "That never happened. It's a fabrication," said Jack Foote of Abilene, who said he was present Wednesday evening when his group caught two Salvadorans on an exotic game ranch about 160 miles south of San Antonio.

Foote said two armed volunteers, with the help of a large dog, discovered the Salvadorans hiding in the grass after they saw two large groups of people scale an eight-foot game fence and scatter.

The two Ranch Rescue volunteers were arrested Thursday and charged with beating the Salvadoran with a gun.

But a French photojournalist covering the group's South Texas operation said the immigrants were treated humanely.

"I know exactly what happened. I was a witness. No one hit them," Eric Boye said. "There was firmness but no brutality or violence. Absolutely not."

"They received blankets, water and food, and the man who is in jail now is the man who gave water to the two Salvadorans," Boye said.

Foote said the two undocumented immigrants were taken unharmed to the ranch gate and let go. They were apparently picked up later by the U.S. Border Patrol.

Ranch Rescue is a volunteer group that provides armed patrols to border area ranchers who claim the U.S. Border Patrol is not protecting them or their property from undocumented immigrant trespassers.

"Our motto is 'Private property first, foremost and always,'" Foote said.

"We volunteer our time and travel at our own risk and expense to the border to assist these landowners in dealing with the damage and lawlessness," he said.

According to the complaint by the unnamed Salvadoran, Henry M. Conner Jr., 62, of Lafayette, La, and James N. Casey, 35, of La Mirada Calif., tracked him and a companion down with a dog, threatened his life, and beat him with a weapon.

The two are charged with aggravated assault and unlawful restraint and remained in the Jim Hogg County Jail on Friday in lieu of $200,000 bond.

They were arrested Thursday by Texas Ranger Doyle Holdridge after he took a statement from the Salvadoran. He said the complainant "had a knot on the back of his head about half the size of your fist."

"Pistol whipping illegal aliens and slicing dogs on them is not something that's going to be tolerated in this country," said Holdridge, who said his investigation of the incident is continuing.

The Ranger said a planned Friday afternoon meeting with Foote and ranch owner Joe Sutton was called off by Sutton, who cited the need for legal representation.

Holdridge said he fears more violence could result from armed Ranch Rescue volunteers that patrol after dark in the underbrush, some with semiautomatic rifles.

"This is a very high-volume illegal alien area. You've got deputies who work out there, and U.S. Border Patrol agents, and you mingle these two kinds of groups, it could really cause a problem," he said.

"If you're a police officer, out there in the darkness, and someone raises up out of the brush in full camo with an assault rifle, what are you going to think?" he said. "It's a disaster waiting to happen."

Ranch Rescue's "Operation Falcon" on Sutton's ranch is the sixth since the group was founded almost three years ago. Never before, said Foote, has a group member been arrested.

He declined to say how many volunteers are involved.

Reached by telephone, Sutton declined to comment. He referred questions to his Houston lawyer, Marvin Rader, who said the ranch owner does not condone violence against trespassers.

"I can't imagine this happened. We gave everyone instructions not to use violence or force, or aim a gun at anyone," Rader said of the alleged beating.

He said Sutton's 5,000-acre ranch, a few miles south of the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on Texas 16, is a main thoroughfare for northbound undocumented immigrants trying to evade detection.

"There are literally hundreds of them crossing his property every week. It's dangerous. You don't know who they are. You don't know if they are terrorists, and some of them are armed," he said.

Rader said Sutton sought help from Ranch Rescue because local and federal authorities have failed to stem the flow.

"It's really very simple. The Border Patrol and the sheriff won't do their job. They won't remove these trespassers from his property," he said.

"When he calls them, they either take their time coming down there, or they don't come at all," Rader said.

Mike Herrera, a spokesman for the U.S. Border Patrol in Laredo, referred an inquiry about this complaint to an agency spokesman in Washington D.C.

The spokesman, Mario Villarreal, said he was not familiar with the specifics of the situation in Jim Hogg County and could not comment.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: borderwar; corruption; ranchrescue
I am also attaching a statement from Jack Foote,Ranch Rescue's National Spokesman, from yesterday (3/23/03):

Everyone:

As you may have already heard, we just concluded Operation Falcon early, not just because our nation went to war with Iraq while we were there on the property, but due to two of our volunteers, Casey Nethercott and Hank Conner, being arrested that same day on false charges by a corrupt county Sheriff and County Attorney in Jim Hogg County, Texas.

This is the very same county Sheriff who had just the week before had his letter published in the local paper, warning his county's Citizens of the danger of armed foreign paramilitary groups that have been operating in Jim Hogg County: http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=31553.

Our volunteers were on private property as the invited guests of the landowner, to assist him with dealing with this threat that had been publicized by this same Sheriff, who admitted to WorldNetDaily reporter Jon Dougherty that he was not talking about Ranch Rescue activities when he wrote his letter, but about an organized criminal enterprise. The county's chief deputy sheriff, Guadalupe Rodriguez, said to Dougherty that he believed the armed men were foreign nationals but not just ordinary drug smugglers.

God knows what they might be carrying. FOX News broadcast a report about Iraqi terrorists planning to smuggle a weapon of mass destruction across the Texas border.

Nethercott and Conner have been in jail for five days already and STILL have not been appointed an attorney. The intent of the County Attorney has been purely to stall all efforts to secure their release and to stonewall all attempts to provide them with legal counsel. Nethercott and Conner were even denied medical treatment for the first two days after their arrest. Conner requires blood pressure medication and Nethercott requires insulin, yet neither were provided for their first 48 hours of incarceration. This is an outrage! This is the behavior of rogue states like Iraq and North Korea, not the United States of America.

While we are confident that our volunteers will eventually be exonerated, I am sure you can appreciate the significant expense that will be involved in defending them against these trumped-up charges. That expense appears to be the only real reason why these charges were ever brought in the first place.

This whole affront is made even worse by the fact that we have been forced to withdraw all of our volunteers from our host's property, leaving him and his wife at the mercy of the hordes of criminals, some armed, that have been pouring across this property 30 miles north of our southern border. This points out the very real dangers that all of us face whenever we volunteer to assist border county landowners who suffer not only from the predations of the hordes of criminals that pour across their property, but also from the neglect and criminal behavior of rogue law enforcement agencies who behave as though in league with the smugglers. They are thugs, not respectable servants of their Citizens.

Please read about the details of this at http://news.mysanantonio.com/story.cfm?xla=saen&xlc=967248 . Please spread the word about what is happening to our courageous volunteers.

Please donate to the legal defense fund that we have set up. Our website has a link for online donations via PayPal and credit card.

Jack Foote National Spokesman for Border Rescue/Ranch Rescue USA http://www.ranchrescue.com State Coordinator for Ranch Rescue Texas

1 posted on 03/24/2003 10:58:49 AM PST by libertylass
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To: libertylass
Sounds like it's time to hold an election. What's the attitude of the local community?
2 posted on 03/24/2003 11:12:28 AM PST by hotpotato
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To: hotpotato
I have no idea at this time.
3 posted on 03/24/2003 11:34:42 AM PST by libertylass
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To: madfly
bump
4 posted on 03/24/2003 11:55:29 AM PST by Libertarianize the GOP (Ideas have consequences)
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To: Libertarianize the GOP
Lib: How do I get this post into the mainstream posts. I thought I had put it under News/Activism, but when I go in to find it, it's nowhere to be found.

It doesn't seem to be in a good place to be seen.

5 posted on 03/24/2003 3:02:50 PM PST by libertylass
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To: madfly
fyi
6 posted on 03/24/2003 3:43:10 PM PST by Libertarianize the GOP (Ideas have consequences)
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To: libertylass
"If you're a police officer, out there in the darkness,

From what I've read this is a highly unlikely senerio. Not the guy in the bushes but the LEO, looking for aliens at any time, especially after dark.

Try again sir.

7 posted on 03/24/2003 3:58:00 PM PST by Amerigomag
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To: hotpotato
What's the attitude of the local community?

Come again?.

If this occured in California 80% of the community would be Hispanic and 20% would be unregulated aliens.

8 posted on 03/24/2003 4:01:47 PM PST by Amerigomag
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To: libertylass
Gotta keep those drugs moving...
9 posted on 03/24/2003 4:10:30 PM PST by PuNcH
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To: libertylass
You can freepmail (private reply) the Admin Moderator to request that this be moved to News/Activism.
10 posted on 03/24/2003 6:02:30 PM PST by madfly (AZFIRE.org)
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To: libertylass; Free the USA; B4Ranch; FITZ; Tancredo Fan; Joe Hadenuf; Fish out of Water; seamole; ...
Update.
11 posted on 03/24/2003 6:08:30 PM PST by madfly (AZFIRE.org)
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To: libertylass
bttt
12 posted on 03/24/2003 6:55:03 PM PST by junta
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To: PuNcH
I think you have 50% of the answer.
13 posted on 03/24/2003 7:03:12 PM PST by B4Ranch (Keep America safe! Thank the troops for our freedom.)
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To: Amerigomag
I don't understand your point.
14 posted on 03/24/2003 7:26:45 PM PST by hotpotato
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To: libertylass
>> Conner requires blood pressure medication and Nethercott requires insulin, yet neither were provided for their first 48 hours of incarceration. This is an outrage!

More than an outrage - it's a Human Rights violation - Amnest International ought to be all over this.
15 posted on 03/24/2003 7:32:56 PM PST by Keith in Iowa (* * Common Sense is an Oxymoron * *)
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To: madfly
This was on the news today in south Texas and this will be big. This happened in Raymondsville, Texas.

Apparently, illegals were going on foot through sugar cane fields and had spent the night there. This morning the owner started burning the fields as he does every year. By law he has to advertize that he is going to set the fields on fire and he did this. Five illegals were burned to death today. The reports stated that as many as 50 people came running out of the fields.

There will probably be a law suit.
16 posted on 03/24/2003 7:47:10 PM PST by texastoo
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To: hotpotato
In California unregulated immigration is encouraged by state policy and is now supported by a majority of the population.

This majority is composed of a plurality (35%) who directly or generationally gained residence through unregulated immigration and the balance of this group are ultraliberals who welcome the influx based on compassion.

17 posted on 03/24/2003 8:04:28 PM PST by Amerigomag
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To: Amerigomag
This majority is composed of a plurality (35%) who directly or generationally gained residence through unregulated immigration

i.e., through invasion. So if a plurality of the vote is based on invasion by a foreign populace, then are we free?

Or do we live under the laws of their country, not ours?

18 posted on 03/25/2003 11:25:11 AM PST by Regulator
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To: Amerigomag
BTTT

INVASION by Michelle Malkin

19 posted on 03/25/2003 11:36:04 AM PST by xsrdx (Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas)
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To: Keith in Iowa
I'm sorry but it's not a human rights violation to abuse Americans. Didn't you get the memo? Especially if they're Christians or patriots. Excuse my unrestrained sarcasm.
20 posted on 03/25/2003 11:40:40 AM PST by dljordan
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To: libertylass
bttt
21 posted on 03/25/2003 3:11:13 PM PST by Dante3 (.)
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To: libertylass
""The bullshit stacked up so fast in the 'Nam you had to have WINGS to stay above it.""
Apocalypse Now. ( How fitting)

as well as in south Texas....................

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Foote said the two undocumented immigrants were taken unharmed to the ranch gate and let go. They were apparently picked up later by the U.S. Border Patrol.

Ranch Rescue is a volunteer group that provides armed patrols to border area ranchers who claim the U.S. Border Patrol is not protecting them or their property from undocumented immigrant trespassers (criminal aliens).

Claim???  Sounds like they just plain DON'T  DO THEIR JOB, why is that?

Texas Ranger Doyle Holdridge..... "This is a very high-volume illegal alien area"
Well hell, if they know that how `bout doing a little work?

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According to the complaint by the unnamed Salvadoran, Henry M. Conner Jr., 62, of Lafayette, La, and James N. Casey, 35, of La Mirada Calif., tracked him and a companion down with a dog, threatened his life, and beat him with a weapon.

An unnamed salvordan???  Why withold the name of the "victim?"   Do we need to notify his mommy and daddy?  WHERE IS THE UNNAMED SALVORDAN NOW???


They were arrested Thursday by Texas Ranger Doyle Holdridge after he took a statement from the Salvadoran. He said the complainant "had a knot on the back of his head about half the size of your fist."

The complainant was "picked up" by the BORDER PATROL, not the Texas Rangers.  The Salvordans were in the custody of the same Border Patrol that "does not do it's job."   Why?

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"to assist him with dealing with this threat that had been publicized by this same Sheriff, who admitted to WorldNetDaily reporter Jon Dougherty that he was not talking about Ranch Rescue activities when he wrote his letter, but about an organized criminal enterprise.

The county's chief deputy sheriff, Guadalupe Rodriguez, said to Dougherty that he believed the armed men were foreign nationals but not just ordinary drug smugglers.

(That is the)......   same county Sheriff who had just the week before had his letter published in the local paper, warning his county's Citizens of the danger of armed foreign paramilitary groups that have been operating in Jim Hogg County

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This entier LEO story STINKS.  A flimsy story on the part of the Sheriff about armed foreign nationals to begin with, then the NON-uS citizen, foreign national, CRIMINAL ALIEN that was released? The landowners representatives that were doing the LEO's job sit in jail on nearly half a million dollars bail? The criminal aliens are still poring over the border?  
Vicente Fox must be laughing his butt off.

Yea, sure, I'm gonna believe I'm reeeally safe with the Jim Hogg County sheriff on the job! Border Patrol too!

I am in the DFW area, why would I care what happens 400 miles away on the mexican border?
GUESS WHERE A LOT OF THOSE CRIMMINAL ALIENS WIND UP?



22 posted on 03/25/2003 9:18:55 PM PST by TLI (Continuing the sporting tradition of "lights on in the kitchen, how many roaches can one stomp!")
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To: texastoo
find any more on this?
23 posted on 03/26/2003 10:08:03 PM PST by TLI (Continuing the sporting tradition of "lights on in the kitchen, how many roaches can one stomp!")
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To: hotpotato
The attitude of the community may be one thing, I would like to know if the attitude of the RANCHERS in that area is somthing above bezerk-frothing-at-the-mouth. They are the major taxpayers/employers in the area and have the most to loose. If the "other side" of theis issue is allowed to win round 1, they (the LEO's, sheriff, dept. sheriff, border patrol and Texas rangers) will adopt the attitude that all trying to defend their property, lives and family will only be allowed to do so with the grudging permision of the said LEo's. That $uck$ a$$.

The ranchers can and still have the support of RR, even ON-SIGHT support just as before, plus even more of it... but they as the landowners are gonna HAVE to get in the game. They are gonna have to make noise at the Local, State and Federal level. Not just a few but all the ranchers on the border for continous stretchs of 50 to 100 miles. It can be done, and done easily.

It will be the ranchers forming their own Range Guard Association structure that is continus from fence to fence for the support elements of Ranch Rescue to beef up when that kind of assistance becomes necessary.
24 posted on 03/26/2003 11:02:51 PM PST by TLI (Continuing the sporting tradition of "lights on in the kitchen, how many roaches can one stomp!")
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To: xsrdx
That article by Michelle Malkin's should be required reading in our schools.
25 posted on 03/27/2003 4:13:10 AM PST by Dante3 (.)
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To: libertylass
once again... this is the actual statement of the journalist Eric Boyt, not text but scanned direct from his notbook in his own handwriting.

Journalist Statement

I saved all seven pages.  I suggest that others save them also, so copies will always be available.
26 posted on 03/27/2003 7:47:26 PM PST by TLI (Continuing the sporting tradition of "lights on in the kitchen, how many roaches can one stomp!")
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To: libertylass
"Exotic Game Ranch" + trespasser scaling 8-foot fences = Time to switch to Tiger farming.
27 posted on 03/27/2003 7:50:06 PM PST by HairOfTheDog (May it be a light for you in dark places, when all other lights go out.)
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To: HairOfTheDog
"Tiger Farming....."

hummmm...

Buwhaahahahaha ! !

28 posted on 03/28/2003 5:46:12 AM PST by TLI (Continuing the sporting tradition of "lights on in the kitchen, how many roaches can one stomp!")
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To: libertylass
The ball of string begins to unwind!

"" Posted on 03/29/2003 3:43 AM CST by kattracks
WASHINGTON - An Iraqi terror team armed with millions of dollars tried to get smuggled into the U.S. through Mexico to Crawford, Tex. - the site of President Bush's ranch, a law enforcement source said yesterday. The alarming attempt to infiltrate the country occurred this month, the source said. ""

I wonder.... just where did they try to cross?

How did the local sheriff and BP employees vote a few years ago?

Were they equipped with "professional backpacks" and walking together in a military cadence?

Will the Texas Rangers arrest everyone known to have eaten at Dary Queen on the morning after the attempted border crossing?

WHAT DID THE SHERIFF KNOW AND WHEN DID HE KNOW IT ?  < / idiotic >

29 posted on 03/29/2003 3:27:05 AM PST by TLI (Continuing the sporting tradition of "lights on in the kitchen, how many roaches can one stomp!")
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To: Dante3
BUMP!
30 posted on 03/29/2003 10:55:28 AM PST by TLI (Continuing the sporting tradition of "lights on in the kitchen, how many roaches can one stomp!")
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To: libertylass
BUMP!
31 posted on 04/07/2003 12:30:39 AM PDT by TLI (Continuing the sporting tradition of "lights on in the kitchen, how many roaches can one stomp!")
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To: texastoo
This was on the news today in south Texas and this will be big. This happened in Raymondsville, Texas.

Apparently, illegals were going on foot through sugar cane fields and had spent the night there. This morning the owner started burning the fields as he does every year. By law he has to advertize that he is going to set the fields on fire and he did this. Five illegals were burned to death today. The reports stated that as many as 50 people came running out of the fields.

There will probably be a law suit.

Have you heard anymore on this story?

32 posted on 04/07/2003 8:44:52 AM PDT by madfly (AZFIRE.org, NATURALPROCESS.net)
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To: madfly
""This was on the news today in south Texas and this will be big. This happened in Raymondsville, Texas.""

I still cant seem to find anything on this...  any help there FReepers?

ALSO, more info on the captured RR Casey Nethercott...

Link to RR website, info, and donations to free Casey Nethercott who remains in Solitary Confinement, and has no TV, no radio, no newspapers, no magazines, no books, not even a Bible. He has been denied all Visitors, including religious counselors.
33 posted on 04/08/2003 3:41:30 AM PDT by TLI (Continuing the sporting tradition of "lights on in the kitchen, how many roaches can one stomp!")
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To: TLI
I found the story, from Mar. 24th, at a lot of news sites.
I did a search of "Raymondville" at http://news.google.com/.
Searching for incorrect spelling with "s" (RaymondSville) is why I couldn't find anything before now.

CNN International Story

Five immigrants die in sugar cane field fire

RAYMONDVILLE, Texas (AP) --Five illegal immigrants sleeping in a sugar cane field near the U.S.-Mexico border were killed Monday when a fire swept through, authorities said. One person was in critical condition.

The field was set on fire about 10:30 a.m. Monday as part of the harvesting process, Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence said. The fields are burned every spring to clear away weeds and undergrowth so the cane stalks can be harvested.

Minutes after the field had been lit, a man ran out yelling that he was on fire and that there were five more people in the field, Spence said.

Three bodies were found burned. Autopsies will be ordered, but it appeared the men died of asphyxiation, said Justice of the Peace Sabas Garza.

A man and woman were taken by ambulance to a hospital, where they died. Spence said a sixth man was taken by medical helicopter to a burn center in Dallas; a hospital spokesman said the patient was in critical condition, but he had no further details.

Spence said it was believed the group was sleeping in the field when the fire was set. He said windy conditions may have caused the fire to burn faster than normal.

Authorities were checking on the identities of the group. Some of the victims had identification that burned up, but an intact ID showed one of the men was from Guatemala, sheriff's officials said. He said they were undocumented immigrants.

A pair of tennis shoes, scattered water bottles and a travel bag containing deodorant and toothpaste was all that remained at the scene of the fire Monday.

Normally, signs are posted around the perimeter of sugar cane fields warning of an upcoming burn. Spence said about a half hour before the burn, farmers are required to speak through a loudspeaker in English and Spanish, warning of the upcoming burn. The warnings were issued before Monday's burn, he said.

Raymondville is about 40 miles north of Brownsville, which is along the U.S.-Mexico border.


34 posted on 04/08/2003 3:57:19 PM PDT by madfly (AZFIRE.org, NATURALPROCESS.net)
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To: madfly
""Raymondville is about 40 miles north of Brownsville, which is along the U.S.-Mexico border.""

Humm... the action always seems to be about 40 to 50 miles north of the border.   I wonder how this theory holds up to Project XXI......?

35 posted on 04/09/2003 9:12:21 PM PDT by TLI (Continuing the sporting tradition of "lights on in the kitchen, how many roaches can one stomp!")
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