The Watering Hole; Friday September 9 2016; Mexico y Amurkkka y . . . ?

I have a great idea concerning the means/way to absolutely SOLVE the entire spectrum of Wingnuttistanian freak-out over the U.S.-Mexico border’s cross-trafficking (bi-directional, I assume) by people in search of a more suitable life. It’s simple, really, because:

1. People from Mexico want to cross the border northward because they’d like to find what they believe to be a “better life,” and

2. People from Amurkkka would like to head south across the border because they’d like to find what they believe to be a “better life.”

Seems so simple, doesn’t it?

My proposed solution is both simple and logical, and it’s based on the FACT that both Mexico and Amurkkka are parcel to the North American continent, the continent discovered by European sailor Christopher Columbus way back in 1492 (and think of it — I was born in 1942!! — is that cool or what!), a continent which has, ever since, become a mixture of virtually every human race and ethnicity known to plants (and mosquitoes) the world over — details which bring up that eternal question: why the never-ending squabbling about borders, about boundaries, about who can go which way, who can or can’t live here, or there, etc.? Ridiculous. Here’s why:

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The above photo, taken in November 2002 from a campsite just east of Arivaca, Arizona, is of a sunset over the Baboquivari Mountains, a landmark range of desert mountains that rises from the desert floor about five miles north of today’s US-Mexico border, and just to the west of the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge. The Baboquivari Mountains also define the eastern border of the Tohono O’odham Nation, the lands of which cover some 2.9 million acres in what we know as southern and western Arizona. Baboquivari peak, the high point (7,730 ft) of the range , is sacred to the Tohono O’odham people who know it to be the home of I’itoli, their Creator, their Elder Brother.

The first Western eyes that gazed upon Baboquivari Peak belonged to Spanish/Christer Captain Juan Mateo Manje who described the peak in his journal, in 1699, as “a high square rock that…looks like a high castle.” He named it Noah’s Ark.

Baboquivari represents, in “modern” topography, the approximate point where three (human) cultures merge: the aboriginal Tohono O’odham, the Spanish/Aboriginal derivative aka Mexico, the European/Aboriginal/Asian/African/Muslim/Irish(?) culture aka Amurkkka; and intermingled amidst those three, the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge which lies in the valley just to the north of Mexico and between the Baboquivari Mountains/Tohono O’odham Nation and the rest of eastern Arizona/Amurkkka.

Today there’s a wall that runs along the Arizona-Mexico border (and the Tohono O’odham southern border with Sonora, Mexico) and defines the point where Amurkkka ends, abruptly, where the Tohono O’odham Nation ends, abruptly, and where Mexico ends, abruptly.

Why is that? Who thought that whole mess up? Why is it that the only life forms that give a damn about silly stuff like border walls are politicians and the occasional militaristic nutcase? I mean, birds don’t care. Rabbits don’t care. Lizards and snakes don’t care. Cougars and wolves probably care, but only because they can’t get over. under, around or through the damn wall. The stars at night surely don’t care anymore than the sun cares during the day, that much I know for sure, and right here’s proof:

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That’s a November mid-afternoon sun. The mountains in the foreground still go by their Spanish name, the San Luis Mountains, and they straddle the open space between northern Sonora, Mexico, and the tiny town of Arivaca, Arizona. Arivaca is roughly 10-12 miles north of the Mexican border and maybe 15 miles east of Baboquivari Peak — the Tohono O’odham boundary; the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge fills most of the vacant space in those fifteen miles. The sun, meanwhile, shines down from around 93 million miles up in the sky and in the process, illuminates all of Mexico, all of Amurkkka including the Tohono O’odham Nation and the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge. Some say it even illuminates the rest of the hemisphere and, at the same time, several other planets in the solar system. And it does all of that — illumination! — with no worries about ethnicity, or borders, or boundaries, or even walls.

If the sun doesn’t care, why do “we”? Speaking for myself, I (two of us, actually) spent,  back in November of ’02, several days and nights camped on the desert near Arivaca during which time our only contact with other life forms involved some birds, a few bugs, a couple of cows, thousands of desert plants, and nothing/no one else — save for the universe above, of course. Oh, and then there was the quiet stillness, the same peacefulness that was there millennia before any human critter arrived to lay out borders and build walls, etc. We did enjoy, however, one memorable instance – the one where we spotted and photographed a vicious looking alien intruder in our campsite:

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Couldn’t tell whether it was an illegal immigrant or a patriotic(?) militiaman or simply a Buenos Aires Wildlife wanderer, so I didn’t say “Papers Please!” I actually did nothing other than say hello; the critter didn’t respond, didn’t stay long either. Never did learn its nationality. I suppose I should have called the border patrol, but . . . well, you know, no cell phone signal down that way back then, so I had to back off and put up with the intrusion.

Anyway, out of allathat lookin’, watchin’, and thinkin’ came my brilliant and final conclusion(s), my plan to fix all that’s wrong with “us”:

Borders and Boundaries suck; they serve none but the horribly small-minded (i.e. humans, also Republicans);

There ain’t no need for Amurkkka, no need for Mexico — N. America is the domain of Tohono O’odham, Hopi, Cherokee, Lakota, et al. et al., along with wolves, bears, grasshoppers, et al. et al., along with European, African, Asian, and all other global ethnic immigrants;

Conclusion: NO MORE BORDERS! The time to negotiate and create the UNITED STATES OF NORTH AMERICA has arrived. Freedom! — for immigrants and all their descendants to come, to go, to stay, to move on; Freedom! — for aboriginal cultures to exist, to reclaim and practice their ancient beliefs in a nation where EVERY person has the right to live as s/he wishes, providing there is no interference with others who choose to do the same. TOLERANCE!

After we pull this off — next up, CANADA!! Come join the Union of Civil People and their critter friends!

Seriously, why can’t we ALL just get along? Uh . . . oh. Yeah. Sometimes I forget. We ain’t quite there yet. Still have to find the means to raise the IQ of the Orange whatchacallit  to the level of the more cerebral critter. Tricky.

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▲The Donny-Llama▲ 

Guess which one likes border walls and which one could care less?

OPEN THREAD

27 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Friday September 9 2016; Mexico y Amurkkka y . . . ?

  1. Senate investigator breaks silence about CIA’s ‘failed coverup’ of torture report

    The man at the center of the US Senate’s landmark investigation of the CIA torture program has gone public for the first time about an experience that led to the CIA spying on him as part of what he calls a “failed coverup”.

    For six years, Daniel Jones was the chief investigator for the Senate intelligence committee’s inquiry into CIA detentions and interrogations carried out in the post-9/11 Bush era. Jones and his team turned 6.3m pages of internal CIA documents into a scathing study which concluded that torture was ineffective and that the CIA had lied about it to two presidents, Congress and the US public.

    But before Jones’s investigation was released in December 2014, the CIA searched through Senate files on a shared, firewalled network that had been set up by the agency for Jones and his team to securely receive classified documents.

    The CIA accessed Jones’s work and even reconstructed his emails, sparking an unprecedented clash between the agency and its legislative overseers on Capitol Hill.

  2. Rep. Louie Gohmert: ‘Hillary Clinton Has Made Clear She Is Mentally Impaired’

    “You don’t make fun of people who are impaired, have special needs,” Gohmert said, “and whether you like her or not, Hillary Clinton has made clear she is mentally impaired and this is not somebody you should be making fun of.”

    “We need to be praying for Hillary Clinton,” he continued. “There’s special needs there, there’s mental impairment … That was not a proper thing to say because, again, I’m making fun of the mentally impaired and that’s not right.”

    Ah, the irony.

  3. Here we go — the front end of an eventual merger of US and Mexico!!?

    Mexico May Revoke Treaties With U.S. If Trump Wins

    A new bill is set to be introduced to the Mexican Congress which would revoke all 75 current treaties with the U.S. if Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is elected.

    The bill, which is set to be introduced by liberal Senator Armando Rios Piter, comes after a meeting between Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. Many have criticized Trump’s attitudes toward Mexico — especially the part where he is demanding the country pay for a border wall. Trump has called Mexican immigrants “rapists,” according to Financial Times.

    Build a wall around Trump Tower and Mexico WILL pay for it!😆

  4. Moments After Judge Denies DAPL Injunction, Federal Agencies Intervene

    Shortly after federal Judge James Boasberg denied the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s request for an injunction against the Dakota Access oil pipeline, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Department of Justice and Army Corps of Engineers issued a joint statement that, in effect, temporarily halts all construction bordering Lake Oahe on the Missouri.

    The tribe had sought an injunction to stop the routing of the Dakota Access oil pipeline underneath the Missouri River, the source of the reservation’s drinking water, on the grounds that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had failed to conduct a proper environmental and cultural impact study. While acknowledging that damage had been done to an area sacred to the tribe, Boasberg said that the tribe had not made its case for an injunction.

    “This Court does not lightly countenance any depredation of lands that hold significance to the Standing Rock Sioux,” Boasberg concluded at the end of a 58-page ruling. “Aware of the indignities visited upon the Tribe over the last centuries, the Court scrutinizes the permitting process here with particular care. Having done so, the Court must nonetheless conclude that the Tribe has not demonstrated that an injunction is warranted here. The Court, therefore, will issue a contemporaneous Order denying the Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction.”

    The judge acknowledged the complexity of the case at several points in his decision, which was based on how federal law, consultation and permitting all come to affect lands of varying levels of legally-defined historic significance.

  5. Donald Trump Imagines An America Where Everyone Lives ‘Under One God’

    Donald Trump closed out his remarks at the Values Voter Summit today by once again doing his best imitation of a pious and committed Christian in an effort to appeal to the Religious Right activists who had gathered for the conference. . . .

    “Imagine what our country could accomplish if we started working together as one people, under one God, saluting one flag,” Trump concluded, apparently anticipating a future in which every American, regardless of religion, is required to worship Jesus Christ.

    Yea Verily. That leaves me out. So if Trump is elected, does that mean he’ll pay my way to move outta here to maybe some little Paradise island somewhere in the South Pacific, about as far from here as it’s possible to get?

    If so, that could be a reason (the only reason, actually) to consider voting for the Tuppence Ticket!

    • No, he’ll just have people like you and me executed. There actually are some dim-witted RWers (yes, am oxymoron) who feel Atheists have rights under the Constitution. Oddly enough, these are usually the same people who say our rights come from God. not govt. But if that’s true, wouldn’t we have rights whether or not we believe in God? Their position isn’t logical.

      • It’s probably fair to say that belief in a god, any god, “isn’t logical,” can’t be considered ‘logical’ since there is not a single shed of genuine evidence anywhere in the universe that any ‘god’ exists or has ever existed.

        Besides, since everything Drumpf ever says is a lie anyway, he just proved for all to see that he doesn’t believe in god nonsense either!😉

          • I’ve known and respected the beliefs of many ‘believers’ over the years. I’ve also come to detest the “beliefs” of many so-called ‘believers’ over those same years. The reason for the disparity is a simple one: those who live their life as a believer and are not at all worried that I believe differently are great people; those who come after me for not believing as they do are assholes.

  6. Jon Voight: God Wants Trump To Be President So He Can ‘Lift The Dark Cloud That Hovers Over Us Now’

    Actor Jon Voight was given the “honor” of introducing Donald Trump at the Values Voter Summit today, which he did by declaring that “if God allows truth to be said and heard,” then Trump will be elected president.

    “My heart aches watching Donald Trump, day after day, pouring his heart out telling the American people what he wants to do to save the nation,” Voight said. “How can anyone doubt his sincerity? I can only feel if God allows truth to be said and heard that we will see Donald Trump as the next president of this great America and he will lift the dark cloud that hovers over us now.”

  7. “My heart aches watching Donald Trump, day after day…” Voight said.

    Yeah, well my head and my stomach ache watching Donald Trump, day after day.

    “How can anyone doubt his sincerity?”

    Um, because of the stream of easily-disproved lies he tells “day after day” And even though he’s orange, he’s NOT The Great Pumpkin!

    “I can only feel if God allows truth to be said and heard…”

    Screw you and your not-exactly omniscient god,

    “…that we will see Donald Trump as the next president of this great America and he will lift the dark cloud that hovers over us now.”

    And that dark cloud’s name is…Barack Hussein Obama.

    • What really freaks me out about Voight is to compare what he is now with the role he played in ‘Coming Home,’ that post-Vietnam movie with Bruce Dern, Jane Fonda and Voight. If he was as nuts in real life then as he is today, he must be one hell of a good actor!

      As for ‘god,’ I personally could care less how others see it, what their beliefs are, or how they allow their beliefs to impact their own lives. I only wish they’d STFU about it and never care what others think, and certainly not try to involve others in the “practice” of their beliefs, because “practice” clearly does NOT ‘make perfect’ when religion is involved.

        • Encore Westerns is having a tribute to Hugh O’Brian, running a marathon of Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp today too. I’m watching Pitt-Penn.State, so I had to miss a few episodes of TOS, but it’s nice to fill in between other stuff.

  8. Trump makes the best argument yet in favor of my ‘no more borders’ policy!

    Trump: ‘This Will Be The Last Election If I Don’t Win’

    Trump: I think this will be the last election if I don’t win. I think this will be the last election that the Republicans have a chance of winning because you’re going to have people flowing across the borders, you’re going to have illegal immigrants coming in and they’re going to be legalized and they’re going to be able to vote and once that all happens you can forget it. I guarantee you, you’re not going to have one Republican vote. And it’s already a very hard number. Already the path is much more difficult for the Republicans. You just have to look at the maps and the path is much more difficult.

    Clinton = Republicans POOF! Make Amurkkka great, finally!

  9. Fear of a Female President

    The percentage of Americans who hold a “strongly unfavorable” view of her substantially exceeds the percentage for any other Democratic nominee since 1980, when pollsters began asking the question. Antipathy to her among white men is even more unprecedented. According to the Public Religion Research Institute, 52 percent of white men hold a “very unfavorable” view of Clinton. That’s a whopping 20 points higher than the percentage who viewed Barack Obama very unfavorably in 2012, 32 points higher than the percentage who viewed Obama very unfavorably in 2008, and 28 points higher than the percentage who viewed John Kerry very unfavorably in 2004.

    At the Republican National Convention, this fervent hostility was hard to miss. Inside the hall, delegates repeatedly broke into chants of “Lock her up.” Outside the hall, vendors sold campaign paraphernalia. . . . Black pin reading Don’t be a pussy. vote for Trump in 2016. Black-and-red pin reading trump 2016: finally someone with balls. White T-shirt reading trump that bitch. White T‑shirt reading hillary sucks but not like monica. Red pin reading life’s a bitch: don’t vote for one. White pin depicting a boy urinating on the word Hillary. Black T-shirt depicting Trump as a biker and Clinton falling off the motorcycle’s back alongside the words if you can read this, the bitch fell off. Black T-shirt depicting Trump as a boxer having just knocked Clinton to the floor of the ring, where she lies faceup in a clingy tank top. White pin advertising kfc hillary special. 2 fat thighs. 2 small breasts … left wing.

    Standard commentary about Clinton’s candidacy—which focuses on her email server, the Benghazi attack, her oratorical deficiencies, her struggles with “authenticity”—doesn’t explain the intensity of this opposition. But the academic literature about how men respond to women who assume traditionally male roles does. And it is highly disturbing.

    So. It’s finally happened. Amurkkka has finally come to be the dictionary definition of STUPID!

    Never thought I’d live to see the day, but here I am.

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