Archive for October, 2013
Saturday, October 26th, 2013
He should probably stick to his cartoon drawings. But this opinion piece epitomizes the “love”, “respect”, “compassion”, “acceptance” and “tolerance” he and his fellow ultra-liberals like to preach about. The part they always seem to forget to mention is that all these wonderful attributes they like to preach about (and put on their bumper stickers) are reserved for those who agree with everything they think. Those who disagree with them are viciously labeled as “dark-hearted”, “racist” and other loving terms of endearment.
We hate to drive up his hit count on this hit piece, but it’s really funny, and we need comedy relief in these times of pay cuts, crappy equipment, gas rationing and the constant stream of wonderful news coming from D.C.
Friday, October 18th, 2013
We will have a meeting on Wednesday, October 30th to discuss the Border Patrol Pay Reform Act. The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at the Scottish Rite located at 160 S. Scott Avenue in Tucson. Only current members will be allowed into the meeting. Membership will be checked at the door.
There will be no food provided at this meeting and no mileage will be paid. If you have questions about the new pay system that is being considered you should attend or arrange with a friend or co-worker to have your questions answered.
Recent agency (CBP and Border Patrol in particular) dirty tactics, such as attempting to make all furlough days non-excludable for AUO purposes in an attempt to force further reductions in our pay highlight the urgency of a pay reform system.
Friday, October 11th, 2013
Congressman Barber has been a terrific ally to rank-and-file Border Patrol agents. He is always seeking our ideas on better ways to do our jobs and he has been a true friend over the years.
Thanks Congressman Barber for once again having our backs. We appreciate it.
Please click on the link below to see a speech Congressman Barber gave on the House floor.
Wednesday, October 9th, 2013
“I hate Border Patrol agents too, fellas. Your legalization papers are coming soon.”
Apparently 18 USC 111 still only applies if an agent sustains serious injuries. How many times has the AUSA asked “How badly is the agent injured?” when presented with a case of impeding or assault on a federal officer? No serious injury sustained by an agent almost always = no prosecution. That has been a running joke for many years (along with the ridiculous threshold amounts of dope to trigger a prosecution). So when dozens of “protesters” impede, resist and otherwise interfere with Border Patrol agents and the carrying out of our duties, what happens? Nothing. They get a little pepper spray, they act like they have pulled off some heroic deed, they are attended to by the fire department, they get their picture in the paper and they walk away with no citations and no criminal charges. And does that encourage further lawlessness and put us in a bad position as we try to do our job? Absolutely. It emboldens these types of people and puts us in danger. Impeding law enforcement should be a serious no-no. Protest some other way, but not by interfering with an active enforcement operation and creating a dangerous atmosphere where someone could be badly injured or killed. Why weren’t these people arrested and charged?
Another truly despicable example of agents being handcuffed, having to fear doing our jobs and having nobody standing in the gap to help protect us from the illegal alien cheerleaders and the anarchists. Shameful.
Since these “protesters” can be easily identified, charges should be filed on them as soon as possible.
You can read a story about these heroic “protesters” here.
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
Good to see that our friend Raul Grijalva is earning his taxpayer funded paycheck during the shutdown…by getting arrested.
The shutdown and the national debt are small problems though compared to his single issue, cheerleading for illegal aliens.
NPS rolls out the red carpet for illegal aliens and clowns like Grijalva to “protest” about how awful this country treats them. But the World War II vets who fought so that we could have everything we have are treated like second class citizens. Absolutely disgraceful.
Grijalva has never missed an opportunity to bash the Border Patrol. He would be a happy man if we were all fired. He has protested against us, called us every name in the book, falsely stated that we only use hollow point ammo to intentionally inflict massive destruction on the poor illegal aliens he represents and he has made all sorts of other ridiculous assertions over the years. He is pictured above protesting against us near Tucson. Nevertheless, he will collect a huge pension check, courtesy of the American taxpayer, for the rest of his life once he leaves office. It is just so awful that he is treated this badly. No wonder he is so angry.
Monday, October 7th, 2013
As of this morning, the so-called “shut down” continues unabated. As the politicians who created this mess continue to blame each other we are going to start missing pay checks out here in the real world. Politicians are mostly elitist millionaires, so they really don’t have much to worry about. Our next pay check will be a partial (paid through September 30th). After that, there will be no more pay checks until this is cleaned up, and right now there is nothing out there that looks promising. We advise that you take every precaution, apply for unemployment insurance, lengthen any TSP loans you may have and warn your lenders that they may not get paid this month or next. Don’t expect much sympathy from your lenders, they really don’t care about anything except $$$.
Anything can happen, and this could be cleaned up today, but here is the latest:
Saturday, October 5th, 2013
We are now eligible for unemployment insurance. Attached is the form you need to guide you through the process. Unlike other employees, we as agents actually have to report for duty, just without pay. Other employees are basically getting a free vacation. They will all get back pay.
We are looking into things now like use or lose A/L since the end of the year is approaching and it appears this idiocy may go on for weeks or months.
Here is the guidance for claiming unemployment insurance. Click on “Unemployment” below.
Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
The regular membership meeting scheduled for October 9th has been postponed until further notice. Local 2544 Executive Board officers are reporting for patrol duty in uniform this morning and we don’t know how long the so-called shutdown will last. We will attempt to cover union issues on our personal time, but we have to cut back on operations.
We will hold the meeting as soon as possible after the shutdown ends.