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Readers often send me exciting and exciting e-mails about the op-ed pieces I write and deal with to publish. As a writer, I get all sorts. Some are in reality encouraging. Then there are those who say, "This is YOUR fantasy, not the authenticity I have seen. " Or, they ask, "Your point is?"

Alas and alack, it is the lot of authority writers to endure these clarification all in the name of difficult to write amazing a big shot wants to read (and buy!).

In my hottest piece on the Minuteman Project, some readers took crime at my crack to link Chris Simcox, one of the co-founders, with groups run by gomers like Glenn Spencer. In fact, one lady wrote and said,

"Your crack to blemish the citizens of the Minuteman Development by between it to Spencer and the ABP is about as frank and audacious as dispersion the unpleasant smell of MS-13 over the intact criminal population. "

And of course, all and sundry knows what "MS-13" is!

So, I am thinking, perchance I was not as clear as I could have been. Perchance this lady has a (small) point and I need to regurgitate my position.

Therefore, your humble contributor is here today to try to right a feasible wrong. So here goes, and let me be entirely clear: What fouled this Minuteman Development from its establishment was that Chris Simcox was one of its co-founders. The confirmation supports, in my view, that this man has a different agenda.

I did not buy the "Observer and Report" goal of his Minuteman development for the reason that of the past deeds and oratory of this man. Never once has he recanted, apologized, or in the main taken back what he's said and done in the past about the Mexican Colonization issue.

For example:

1. Chris Simcox has a national arrest record. "Chris Simcox, the co-founder of the group he adulates, was arrested in January 2003, by National Park rangers for possession of deceptive and concealed weapons, chaotic conduct, and interfering with law enforcement on central land, according to Ernesto Cienfuegos of La Voz de Aztlan. "

2. Los Angeles Times Magazine writer, Dan Baum, wrote on March 16, 2003:

?Chris Simcox won't stop fooling with his gun.

??whenever he is photographed by the media--which is often these days--Simcox makes sure the revolver is in every frame.

??but his body expression is all about the gun. Faster or later he's going to use it, he wants each person to know, in a face-off with the criminal immigrants and Mexican drug dealers he believes are ruining the United States.

??If Simcox dies in a blaze of border gunfire, so be it, he says.

?At 42, he is owner, editor and publisher (and reporter, ad executive and flow manager) of the weekly Gravestone Tumbleweed, exchange 1,200. His Oct. 24 issue bore the headline: "Enough is Enough! A Community Call to Arms!" The paper invited readers to join a "Citizens Border Guard Militia. "

Let me ask the questions America be supposed to be asking:

Does Chris Simcox, from his past rhetoric, seem to be just an "Observe and Report" kind of guy? Has he once admitted and recanted this rhetoric? Has he admitted to any of this?

I would like to hear Mr. Simcox's broadcast details of what he's said "on the record" and if he still believes it. I would also love to know why this man's past hasn't been reported in the press and in particular on the "Fair and Balanced" cable news network, Fox News?

There is an expression, "The Fish Rots From The Head Down. "

Let us watch and see what happens.

Doug Bower is a irregular critic and book author. His most contemporary inscription credits bring in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Houston Chronicle, and The Philadelphia Inquirer, and Transitions Abroad. He lives with his wife in Guanajuato, Mexico.

His new book, Mexican Living: Blogging it from a Third World Country, can be seen at http://www. lulu. com/content/126241


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