Elizabeth Todd Burns describes herself as ; "I live on the Tex-Mex Border. I see a lot of stuff on the news about my area. I am out and about schlepping kids and running errands all day. I look around and wonder if the people who write the news have ever been here."
Her blog is amusing, entertaining, and informative. Her microphone for interviews is a rubber kitchen spatula on which she has clipped a small transmitter. You can't help but laugh when you see that. She includes interviews with illegals she runs across that are crossing her family's very large ranch in Brooks County, near the Texas Mexico border. The county has a population density of 8 people per square mile and is one of the poorest in Texas.
In her blog she reveals how "big oil" controls access to several million acres of ranch land from the Rio Grande to Corpus Christi and how this land has become a "freeway" for smuggling drugs and illegals past the Border Patrol checkpoints. She shows drug stashes, arms caches, and pits where the Zetas have buried bodies. She is more at war with the big oil than the cartels, blaming the companies (more specifically the company lawyers) for allowing basically unlimited access to the cartels on their leases, but not allowing law enforcement.
I'm NOT exaggerating about people getting kidnapped and killed in the AMI. I reported the situation to Exxon and El Paso Corp's lawyers and the Border Patrol. Then, the lawyers told law enforcement that I was making it all up and there was nothing dangerous going on. The oil company lawyers claimed that only people trained by them could inspect their operations due to "highly flammable hydrocarbons." They went to court and got an injunction based on the imminent danger posed by any untrained individual on or near Exxon property. And, then they refused to escort law enforcement onto the property. The kidnapping, trafficking, and killing continues to this day. Kevin Beiter sent me a letter saying that: "In the case of a real emergency" I was not to contact anyone besides their law firm and to do so via certified mail. It's 12 miles just to get to the post office from the ranch HQ. So, when I see guys with machine guns marching kids with bales of marijuana strapped to their backs on the ExxonMobil lease, I should immediately go to the post office and send the law firm of Hornberger, Sheehan, Fuller, and Beiter a letter to their San Antonio office? Those kids are dead in a pit before that letter would arrive. The gauger reported the same thing I was reporting. The oil companies did not report it to authorities. Those lawyers have no regard for human life. It's not very comforting to know that they are also the people who determine the environmental policy for the oil companies. They sign off on what can be dumped and buried.
From one of her blogs; I love how this chic slept soundly in the Kelsey Compressor Station. In 2007, ICE contacted us about access to the Kelsey Plant because they had suspects in there. We told them to call ExxonMobil. They called ExxonMobil who referred them to the lawyers. The lawyers said it was a liability to have untrained people in the plant. Some how they don't seem to care about the untrained meth smugglers hanging out in there. Or, the nice young girls from El Salvador snoozing away. Just the law enforcement can't go in there. El Paso's pumper brought her to the gate. He's a nice guy. She was lucky that one of the not-so-nice guys didn't get her in their grubby mitts. A deputy from Dimmitt County told me bulk meth smuggling is now a huge problem in Carrizo Springs. It all blends in with the Eagle Ford Shale oilfield traffic. Where there is meth, it always seems like their more violence. I feel sorry for the oilfield workers and cowboys who get sucked into that. Someone offers them $10,000 for a key to a ranch or the use of a company truck or a few frack tanks. On the ExxonMobil properties around here, the big thing is to park frack tanks on the properties. THey are great to pack with anything. Good for stealing condensate because they hold 400 bbls. No one pays any attention to them coming and going. Exxon's workers just think it's one of Exxon's partners and pay no attention. (or they get paid $10,000 to ignore) Big Oil Jr.'s Cousin told me that condensate stolen in frac tanks from the Kelsey area gets put on the train in tankers, shipped up around Houston and sold back to ExxonMobil. I love how Pat Lochridge publicly denies that his client is being robbed. I like that his client is buying stolen condensate that was stolen from the client itself. Just absurd. Now ExxonMobil and El Paso and several other majors have gone to the FBI and demanded assistance to stop the huge problem of condensate theft in the Eagle Ford. I don't think they are going to get very far. There is no way to stop it. It's just going to get worse.
But she tells the stories much better than I can. Go to her blog, you will enjoy it and get some new insight in how massive amounts of drugs and illegals get into the US.
eh why would big oil care about illegals being murked. they have hundreds of thousands of people killed by proxy fighters or corrupt govts every year... they spill asmuch blood as they do oil. Her blogs interesting tho, good find. shame i cant get some of her vids working, the ones that aren't on yt that is. she must see and hear ALOT.
Patriotism is a propaganda tool used to make people blind to the lies of their government through unquestioning devotion.
Give me a break!!! I swear people in this country love to point fingers at the villian. "Big Oil" is not to blame here, our pathetic borders, pathetic border enforcement policies, and Pro-Illegal immigration groups are to blame.
If we had a working border illegals would not be able to get in and this type of crap would end. Dont blame corporations for this.
If we actually had a gov that enforced our laws and didnt provide a welfare haven for illegals then maybe we wouldnt be such an attractive place to come to.
If we didnt have idiotic groups like La Raza and others advocating for people to illegaly cross the border because they think this country still belongs to them.
If you can actually overlook the above facts and still blame "big oil" you are retarded....period.
BrownPatriot412 go spew your rhetoric somewhere else. There are plenty of cesspools on the net for you to post your schizophrenic conjecture , no need to dumb down the conversation here. The tea party and any other neo fascist group which wraps itself in the flag and patriotism out there is just a red herring for the mindless foaming at the mouth idiots like yourself. Your leaders are have showed their true colors by endorsing Romney and other career politicians. I find it funny that your a mexican but you spew anti immigrant rhetoric. And I know you will say that your for "legal" immigration but lets just call a spade a spade and lets be real that most anti illegal immigrant hate is just thinly veiled racism. Which makes me wonder how your family or yourself got to the USA. AND WHY DID THEY AND YOURSELF FLEE MEXICO? IF THEY HAD WORKING BORDERS, I WILL BET ANYTHING THAT YOUR FAMILY WOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN LET IN....HAHAHA How does it feel knowing that you will always be hyphenated American, most white americans will look at you and your family as not real Americans. Second Class citizens. Did they call you a wetback or beaner growing up? does that make you hate mexicans and brown people even more? Are you going to grab and wave a plastic american flag (with a made in china sticker) even harder to show that your a "real murikan" And before you use ad hominems to attack me and call me a "liberal" "open borders nut" or a "statist" no that im not any of these.
@Brown Patriot, when you have "big oil" owning oil and gas leases on millions of acres of ranch land along the border and they will not allow law enforcement to enter their leases and patrol their private roads "because they cannot allow untrained people" to enter their oil fields because it would be unsafe, yet the only security they provide is a 6x8 shack manned by an unarmed ex Wal-Mart greeter. The maze of private roads in those oil fields crisscross from the border past the Immigration and customs checkpoints. Any dead bodies, mass graves, arms and drug caches that are reported to them are considered part of their security and considered "trade secrets".
In the case of the "housewife", who is a owner of one those large ranches big oil got an injunction that even though it allows her to use those roads that cross her ranch, she is enjoined from stopping on those roads because she carries a pistol and video camera in her truck and they classify these as possible incendiary devices that could cause a fire. (even though they do nothing about the thugs she has videotaped carrying AK47s marching illegals with bundles of mj on their backs at gunpoint crossing the land).
So yeah Brown Patriot, I guess I am a "retard" because I do think "big oil" shares in the blame along with many others.
Words are powerful weapons, be careful how you use them.
ja ja ja. Very Funny! Me and Brown Patriot have gone at it a lot of times. He is one of the most ignorant people on the BB Forum. There is nothing that will change that. We need idiots like him to keep the world balanced or else we would be living in a perfect world and to me, a perfect world would be boring.
I read the article and still dont feel "big oil" is responisble, period. Now if we enforced our borders then maybe there would be no people to victimize, right? If we didnt promise free healthcare, free education, free food stamps, etc maybe "big oil" companies wouldn't have people commiting crimes on their property?
"Big oil" is a business and if our gov cant enforce rules then it shouldnt be there job.
The same arguement was used to try and villify the "big meat" companies.
Many tales were told about how the evil American companies were making slaves of poor immigrants and creating an environment of abuse.
Now I would like for people not to be abused but I cant hold big oil responsible for this.
hey browpatriot why did your familiy flee the Mexico? Doesnt seem very patriotic to me. Seems like your family knows all about free healthcare, free education, and free food stamps. Now that theyre here they want to bash people who want the same things that your family was given.
You should look up the meaning to the word "hypocrite," it suits you well.
Just because I am Mexican doesnt mean I support breaking the law. That is a sign of your blind, group-oriented ignorance, that is actually instilled in your puny brain after listening to your family, liberal teachers and "homies." If you are for illegal immigration then maybe you should shut your mouth and go help those people, oh wait that's right your just a lazy a** douche that likes to just spew things to feel good.
My family came over legally and I am sorry if you had to climb a fence, sorry but not my fault.
I actually have felt racism but from the very same people that claim to despise it: liberals and democrats.
I work in an industry that is full of these idiots and they have treated me worse than any other group of people.
Maybe if you worked hard, studied hard, and had goals in life that werent so selfish maybe you would feel happiness in your life? I have many friends and cousins that spew the same bullshit as you yet complian about where they r in life.
Oh and fyi I use to be a hard core liberal just like you (you deny it. but yeah you are one) and I was full of anger and bitterness towards the world. Then I met a group of Latino businessmen that inspired me to look pass the bullshit implanted in my brain by people from La Raza, teachers, etc. and havent been happier since.
You mean person not people. Guess I am not that ignorant am I?
Yes, we have locked horns but you never provide any meaningful data just stupid comments. Again, like the Swede, you are a hypocrite.
Yes, you do need people like me, because people like me make the world go round unlike you. You should really examine how someone like you that claims to be such a defender and proponent of the Mexican people, can support a president that after this week's news, is responisble for the deaths of mexican citizens through fast and furious? Let me guess you liked Clinton right? Yet another president that ruined mexico with NAFTA.
Wow so let me get this straight, republicans (bush, rubio) want to implement a program to allow a PATHWAY to citizenship and they are villified. Yet democrats (obama, clinton) make regualtions and operations that hurt mexican citizens and they are the heroes?
It is amazing that you can type so well with your head so far up your ass!
They didnt flee, they MIGRAITED LEGALLY! We never used any food stamps or welfare. I know you and your family have become use to the entitlement services but not all Mexicans behave like ticks such as you.
So yeah since I never used these services I dont feel I should pay for them.
Your funny Brown Patriot, first off im not Mexican,Latino, or Hispanic. My father is American and my mother is Swedish. I grew up in SoCal and Florida spending summers in Sweden and latin america and how Im a hypocrite? And im not for illegal immigration but I feel like our immigration system is broken and there is alot people who are illegal that need a path to legalize them. Did you read me state that im not a "liberal" "open borders nut" or a "statist". The left/right paradigm is a joke. Did you know NAFTA bipartisan supported by both democrats and republicans and it actually started in the Reagan administration.
You are a hyporcite for trying to bash me for rhetoric when you yourself are using the same tactic.
I agree with you that our system is broken and we need a system. The system we have now is not enforced so how can we believe our gov with a new system?
You can claim to be neither left or right but at some point your values and thoughts align you with one or the other. Many try (not saying you) to think of themselves as "moderate" because they do not like labels or are afraid to be aligned with certain figures. But it is an excercise in futility.
Since you are half Swede, you should look to Sweden as examples of what happens when illegal immigration becomes out of control.