You may remember this fellow, Jeff Schwilk, founder of the San Diego Minutemen, who forcefully defended Dr. Orly Taitz, Esq. last year, when Barnett v. Obama was ‘invaded’ by Gary Kreep. Over the weekend, another sort of invasion became the rage of Rightwingnutland, after Schwilk started a rumor of Mexican gangsters, Los Zetas, invading the homeland and seizing two ranches outside Laredo for their drug distribution business, as if they don’t make enough money to buy a ranch or a dozen.
The Cypress Times, which describes itself as an online Christian newspaper, published an article on Saturday: BREAKING: MULTIPLE RANCHES IN LAREDO, TX TAKEN OVER BY LOS ZETAS
The bloodbath continues along our southern border and now word is coming in that Los Zetas, the highly trained killers formerly with the Gulf Cartel, have crossed into the United States and taken over at least two ranches in the Laredo, Texas area. I am receiving word that the owners of the ranches have evacuated without being harmed.
Founder of the San Diego Minutemen Jeff Schwilk tipped me off to this story and passes along the following information on the location. The ranches are said to be “near Mines Rd. and Minerales Annex Rd about 10 miles NW of I-35″.
Update – Statement from Mr. Schwilk)
I can personally vouch that this info came in late last night from a reliable police source inside the Laredo PD. There is currently a standoff between the unknown size Zeta forces and U.S. Border Patrol and local law enforcement on two ranches on our side of the Rio Grande. The source tells us he considers this an “act of war” and that the military is needed on the border now!
Whether it is lone members or squads is not certain.
The publisher of The Cypress Times has since posted that the story could not be verified and referred questions to the source of the published article, the blog DiggersRealm.
The blogger at DiggersRealm explained how the story’s confirmation was “100%”; the San Diego “Examiner” Kimberly Dvorak made it so, and he stood “firmly behind Kimberly.” Anyone who takes an Examiner’s word for anything should have their head examined, but that’s just by the way. Digger also noted: “Kim was also involved in the Acorn investigation with Breitbart”–as if it’s a journalistic credential.
In what could be deemed an act of war against the sovereign borders of the United States, Mexican drug cartels have seized control of at least two American ranches inside the U.S. territory near Laredo, Texas.
Two sources inside the Laredo Police Department confirmed the incident is unfolding and they would continue to coordinate with U.S. Border Patrol today. “We consider this an act of war,” said one police officer on the ground near the scene. There is a news blackout of this incident at this time and the sources inside Laredo PD spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Word broke late last night that Laredo police have requested help from the federal government regarding the incursion by the Los Zetas. It appears that the ranch owners have escaped without incident but their ranches remain in the hands of the blood thirsty cartels.
Laredo Border Patrol is conducting aerial surveillance over the ranches to determine the best way to regain control of the U.S. ranches, according to the Laredo Police department.
I note that the San Diego Examiner doesn’t mention the San Diego Minuteman as a source, although she has written about Birthers other times, including last September when she quoted Schwilk regarding Barnett v. Obama, a Birther case in which Schwilk is a plaintiff:
Birthers get their day in court – Obama must now prove his citizenship
Americans’ who do not believe President Obama is a U.S. citizen won a huge decision in California as a judge set three court dates, one of which will require the President to prove his citizenship. …
According to Jeff Schwilk, who was in the courtroom, the judge was solid as a rock. “The audience of about 45 was nodding and giving thumbs up to each other on almost all of his decisions.”
“He (the judge) is determined to get Obama to prove he is eligible,” Schwilk explained. “Things are going to move very fast.”
Utter nonsense; the case, of course, was later dismissed by Judge Carter and he became known to all in Birfistan as a traitor to his country.
On Breitbart’s BigPeace website: BREAKING NEWS: Multiple Ranches in Laredo, Texas Taken Over by Los Zetas
UPDATE: Examiner is now confirming.
From blog (we have not be able to independently confirm):
“The bloodbath continues along our southern border and now word is coming in that Los Zetas, the highly trained killers formerly with the Gulf Cartel, have crossed into the United States and taken over at least two ranches in the Laredo, Texas area. I am receiving word that the owners of the ranches have evacuated without being harmed. The source is law enforcement in the area.
(Update 2 story is now 100% confirmed by second source within the Laredo Police Department)”
Kimberly Dvorak, reporter with the Examiner here in San Diego, has just gotten confirmation from LPD that Zetas are holding at least two ranches on U.S. territory NW of Laredo, TX. Its confirmed! Local law enforecement is waiting for Federal Forces to arrive before trying to take back the ranches.
WAR! Attack on US LAND!
“Ranch owners have escaped without incident but their ranches remain in the hands of the blood thirsty cartels.”
This info came in late last night from a reliable police source inside the Laredo PD. There is currently a standoff between the unknown size Zeta forces and U.S. Border Patrol and local law enforcement on two ranches on our side of the Rio Grande. The source tells us he considers this an “act of war” and that the military is needed on the border now!
California Conservative billed it as, “President Obama’s First Crisis.” Well, the President has a crisis every five minutes, but you know, any opportunity to lash out at him, it’s all good. But at least it wasn’t “Bloodbath On Our Border” as contributed by Radio Patriot.
Jim Kelley at the Tucson Citizen first posted Digger’s piece, but then followed up:
July 24 2211 MT Hector Garcia , a city council member of the City of Laredo TX, has returned my phone call and aboslutely denied that any armed conflict has occured with the Laredo PD. He is quoting the Chief of Police, Carlos Maldonado. Mr Garcia went on to say that it appears two ranchers had a disagreement.
And the Laredo Times:
Local law enforcement was bombarded with calls from across the country Saturday asking about a report that the Zetas had taken over two ranches off Mines Road.
But officials with the Laredo Police Department, Webb County Sheriff’s Department and Border Patrol said they knew nothing about such an incident, while Erik Vasys, an FBI spokesman in San Antonio, said the agency does not comment on rumors.
The report, which spread like wildfire among blogs Saturday afternoon, appears to have initially been posted on a blog called Diggers Realm.
More sensible conservatives like Confederate Yankee, Bob Owens on Breitbart’s BigGovernment, and Elizabeth Kilbride on FaceBook, and others, (though they may have been wishing for a leftist trick to explain it away), looked into the story, concluding it was probably a hoax and urging restraint.
I don’t think it’s a hoax in the same way the Fake Kenyan Birth Certificate that appeared on the cover of Globe magazine at supermarket stalls this week was a hoax. There, the creator of the FKBC adjusted a genuine Australian birth certificate to say it was the President’s ‘Kenyan’ birth certificate, in order to prompt someone like Orly Taitz to file it in court and make a fool of herself. This she predictably did, without having seen anything more than a digital copy on a flash drive anonymously sent, not even to her, but to her investigator. At the time of their greatest media exposure last summer, Orly Taitz and the Birther movement were revealed as irresponsible, idiotically gullible conspiracy freaks.
That’s what I call a political hoax, one that worked beautifully, where the hoaxer knows what he is doing is false. It matters that it’s false, because that’s how the hoax succeeds.
In the case of the Texas Weekend Wildfire, it was started and perpetuated by irresponsible, idiotically gullible conspiracy freaks, Birtherism aside, who want a border war so desperately that they embraced a tiny rumor stemming from an argument between neighbors, meshed it with a true story of shots fired in Nuevo Laredo in Mexico, and an older story about Zetas and a ranch, and blew it up in their own minds into a pretext for war with a neighboring country.
While it’s all to the good and ripe for pickings, an opportunity to be taken, surely, a chance to rev up anti-immigrant fervor and cause more trouble for the President, I wonder about calling it a hoax, when these nuts actually believe their own wildest imaginings, and they have just to say them out loud to find enough other believers to set the Internet aflame. A hoax should take a little work, after all.