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    A picture is worth a thousand words:

    https://www.gocomics.com/stevebenson/2020/02/18

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    I received an email today from Paul Gosar, the Tea Party/Freedom Caucus member of Congress from Arizona's 4th district - the most conservative district in the state.

    He included an article from the Daily Caller (which is NOT a reliable source of information) that claimed the Tohono O’odham Nation that was complaining about the destruction of their sacred land being caused by Trump's wall were actually heavily involved in drug trafficking - so I double checked their claim from a reliable source - NPR.

    As it turns out, the story is true.

    This year, law enforcement agencies expect to seize as much as 800,000 pounds of marijuana crossing one stretch of border in southern Arizona that runs through the Tohono O'odham Indian Nation. That's $1 billion worth of pot, and the Drug Enforcement Administration estimates that only about 20 percent of what's coming across is caught.

    Over the past five years, tribal members have been involved in 30 percent of all drug cases presented to the U.S. attorney in the region.

    Sgt. David Cray with the Tohono O'odham Police Department said that the local tribe members will pick up drugs that have crossed the border, and take them to Tucson or Phoenix. While he doesn't condone the activity, Norris says the temptation to get involved with smuggling is great. Poverty is widespread, and unemployment is the norm for the Tohono O'odham.

    "You wave five grand in somebody's face and say, 'All I want you to do is drive this vehicle from this point to this point, and here's $5,000 to do it,' " says Norris.

    https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=104255061

    Drug smuggling from Mexico is a huge problem, but Trump's wall is not going to stop it. After the government built fences in San Diego, drug smugglers turned to the ocean, underground tunnels and, most commonly, the ports of entry. Last year more than 90 percent of the drug seizures happened in the port of entry, where millions of cars drive into San Diego from Mexico every year.

    The BEST way to reduce the flow of marijuana from Mexico is fairly easy. All you have to do is legalize the stuff nationwide, and increase funding for the Tohon O'odham tribe to make their lives a little easier. Naturally, the Republican Party would never agree to that idea, and it might even be a tough sell if the Democrats controlled all three branches of the government.

    But it still make sense.

    https://www.usatoday.com/border-wall/story/drug-trafficking-smuggling-cartels-tunnels/559814001/

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    Even before Trump was inaugurated, we were spending $12 billion a year on border protection. This morning's Al Jazeera provides a lot more detail on what we are doing, but here is a partial list.

    Outside Brownsville, Texas, Al Jazeera witnessed a wide range of surveillance equipment, including drones, aerostats, ground sensors, automated license-plate readers, thermal imaging cameras, bullet cameras, dome cameras, mobile surveillance towers and poles, and other devices - all meant to help authorities keep a watchful eye on anyone trying to cross the border irregularly.

    Moreover, within and surrounding federally-protected areas loomed an intimidating CBP presence, including thousands of vehicles bearing the CBP Border Patrol logo, helicopter landing zones within wildlife refuges, officers on all-terrain vehicles or riding horseback, and K-9 units.

    From one end to the other, the southern border of the US has long been protected as critical habitat deserving of protection. However, under the administration of President Donald Trump concrete walls, long abandoned as unnecessary and destructive, are gaining a new life, even after a digital bulwark has rendered them obsolete, the fortifications of a bygone, analog era.

    "The Department of Homeland Security has waived every single relevant environmental law to ram this project through protected, spectacular landscapes. Every day we see more cacti plowed over, sacred sites bulldozed, and wilderness lands destroyed,"

    "DHS is sucking tens of millions of gallons of groundwater out of the aquifer to mix concrete for the wall. Each drop of water they extract is being stolen from future generations and threatening endangered animals at Organ Pipe, like Quitobaquito pupfish and Sonoyta mud turtles, that are found nowhere else on the planet."

    Trump, if you are listening, we don't need your fucking wall.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/border-national-parks-increasingly-fortified-surveillance-200304032808862.html

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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    I received an email today from Paul Gosar, the Tea Party/Freedom Caucus member of Congress from Arizona's 4th district - the most conservative district in the state.

    He included an article from the Daily Caller (which is NOT a reliable source of information) that claimed the Tohono O’odham Nation that was complaining about the destruction of their sacred land being caused by Trump's wall were actually heavily involved in drug trafficking - so I double checked their claim from a reliable source - NPR.

    As it turns out, the story is true.

    This year, law enforcement agencies expect to seize as much as 800,000 pounds of marijuana crossing one stretch of border in southern Arizona that runs through the Tohono O'odham Indian Nation. That's $1 billion worth of pot, and the Drug Enforcement Administration estimates that only about 20 percent of what's coming across is caught.

    Over the past five years, tribal members have been involved in 30 percent of all drug cases presented to the U.S. attorney in the region.

    Sgt. David Cray with the Tohono O'odham Police Department said that the local tribe members will pick up drugs that have crossed the border, and take them to Tucson or Phoenix. While he doesn't condone the activity, Norris says the temptation to get involved with smuggling is great. Poverty is widespread, and unemployment is the norm for the Tohono O'odham.

    "You wave five grand in somebody's face and say, 'All I want you to do is drive this vehicle from this point to this point, and here's $5,000 to do it,' " says Norris.

    https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=104255061

    Drug smuggling from Mexico is a huge problem, but Trump's wall is not going to stop it. After the government built fences in San Diego, drug smugglers turned to the ocean, underground tunnels and, most commonly, the ports of entry. Last year more than 90 percent of the drug seizures happened in the port of entry, where millions of cars drive into San Diego from Mexico every year.

    The BEST way to reduce the flow of marijuana from Mexico is fairly easy. All you have to do is legalize the stuff nationwide, and increase funding for the Tohon O'odham tribe to make their lives a little easier. Naturally, the Republican Party would never agree to that idea, and it might even be a tough sell if the Democrats controlled all three branches of the government.

    But it still make sense.

    https://www.usatoday.com/border-wall/story/drug-trafficking-smuggling-cartels-tunnels/559814001/

    But we need marijuana! Since Illinois declared it legal, people bought it up like crazy, and now there is a shortage. If this government weren't so stupid, they'd take the drugs and people hauling them to a tax station, make them pay the federal tax on the stuff, and distribute it to states where it's legal. Our federal government is just so damned dumb. Your point of legalizing it is well taken!
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    Dock:

    The average price of an ounce of legal marijuana varies widely from state to state, from a low of $252 an ounce in West Virginia to a high of $506 in D.C.. If you had a couple of extra semis, and could find some willing drivers, you could make a lot of money shipping a few loads from West Virginia to D.C. - at least until you got caught.

    https://www.statista.com/statistics/589740/price-ounce-legal-recreational-medical-marijuana-dispensaries-by-state/

    Since Colorado first legalized marijuana in 2014, tax revenue has now exceeded $1 billion. In addition, of course, the state has fewer people in prison because of the possession of small amounts of marijuana, so the prisons costs have gone down.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2019/06/12/colorado-passes-1-billion-in-marijuana-state-revenue.html

    Recreational marijuana is not legal in every city in the state. It's still not legal in Colorado Springs (sorry, Schmidt) but it IS legal in Durango, where our daughter is moving to at the end of the month.

    https://www.csindy.com/coloradosprings/heres-the-dope-on-colorados-pot-laws/Content?oid=19112385

    Hmmm ...

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    Supply & demand. If I have a great quantity of a commodity that I acquired for a fantastic price, that would mean that I could market or sell it cheaper to my consumers/buyers. Let's say I bought a semi load of Maryjane for 50 an ounce, after paying for fuel, tolls, wear & tear, I could feasibly sell one oz. for 100 to 150, plus taxes.

    Over the years, the prices on this stuff has gotten nuts. Back in the late 70's's, I had 20 plants of Acapulco Gold seeds planted in my mom's tomato patch in S Illinois, it was some great sheet man. Back then, gold was around 50 an oz., depending upon who you could get it from. I saved all my seeds for latter cultivation.

    I got caught and was given an article 15 in 1981, and divested myself of any and all para. and goods, including my seed collection. Because drug testing came with a DOT qualification, I haven't blow any weed for decades. The VA regularly tests me for illegal/illicit drugs randomly since they're my healthcare provider. The temptation hasn't left my mind though, because it's good for the mind and helps relieve pain too. I cannot partake anymore. The US Gubbermint has always been anal retentive when it comes to Maryjane, IMHO.

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    The letter below was in the Tucson Daily Star on March 30:

    To construct the Border Wall the contractors use subcontractors that they ship-in from out of state, such as Texas and California. However, it is not just the workers being shuffled around the country to build the Border Wall, they are also bringing in their families to create make-shift RV parks and tent cities here in Southern Arizona, because they consider it safer than where they are coming from. Then the workers and their families shop in our local stores and use other public facilities, are they spreading the virus to Southern Arizona? The transporting of workers and their families to build the Border Wall should stop immediately, if not stop all construction of the Border Wall until this healthy crisis is over. I feel this issue should be investigated and presented to the public.

    Jose Rivera

    West side

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    The latest on the border wall. Trump wants to paint the whole border wall "black"; cost is 3 billion. But yeah we have plenty of money to burn. This sure will help the poor kids in cages at the border; for three billion you could feed them and give them freedom. Shaking my old head; indeed this country is in an "free fall" Just keep this second Hitler in place.
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    In 1966, the Rolling Stones released a song titled "paint it black". For a trip down memory lane, click on the link below:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4irXQhgMqg

    What brought the song to mind today was Trump's continuing desire to have his border wall painted black, which would cost roughly $500 million. So far, military commanders and border officials believed as recently as last fall that they had finally talked him out of it. They consider the black paint unnecessary, costly and a significant long-term maintenance burden, and they left it out of the original U.S. Customs and Border Protection design specifications.

    https:/immigration/trump-border-wall-black-paint/2020/05/06/dbda8ae4-8eff-11ea-8df0-ee33c3f5b0d6_story.html

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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    In 1966, the Rolling Stones released a song titled "paint it black". For a trip down memory lane, click on the link below:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4irXQhgMqg

    What brought the song to mind today was Trump's continuing desire to have his border wall painted black, which would cost roughly $500 million. So far, military commanders and border officials believed as recently as last fall that they had finally talked him out of it. They consider the black paint unnecessary, costly and a significant long-term maintenance burden, and they left it out of the original U.S. Customs and Border Protection design specifications.

    https:/immigration/trump-border-wall-black-paint/2020/05/06/dbda8ae4-8eff-11ea-8df0-ee33c3f5b0d6_story.html

    Read the article; the powder coat as he wants costs 3 billion.
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    Trump finally has a completed border wall, but it's not on the Mexican border.

    It's around the White House.

    Protesters arriving in the nation’s capital for the ninth consecutive day of demonstrations found the White House encircled by more than a mile of tall metal fencing.

    The previous day, work crews had erected enough fencing — reinforced by white concrete barriers — to bar entry to Lafayette Square and to outline half of the Ellipse, the sloping green lawn that abuts the executive residence. But between Friday night and Saturday afternoon — on a day expected to draw tens of thousands to protest in the District — they added enough fencing to block the rest of the Ellipse.

    In total, Google Maps analysis suggests, roughly 1.7 miles of fencing now surrounds the White House, forming a gigantic metal cocoon. There are only two portions of the White House perimeter, on the northeast and northwest corners, that do not have additional fencing and concrete barriers.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2020/06/06/white-house-fence-protests-dc/

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    Trump finally has a completed border wall, but it's not on the Mexican border.

    It's around the White House.

    Protesters arriving in the nation’s capital for the ninth consecutive day of demonstrations found the White House encircled by more than a mile of tall metal fencing.

    The previous day, work crews had erected enough fencing — reinforced by white concrete barriers — to bar entry to Lafayette Square and to outline half of the Ellipse, the sloping green lawn that abuts the executive residence. But between Friday night and Saturday afternoon — on a day expected to draw tens of thousands to protest in the District — they added enough fencing to block the rest of the Ellipse.

    In total, Google Maps analysis suggests, roughly 1.7 miles of fencing now surrounds the White House, forming a gigantic metal cocoon. There are only two portions of the White House perimeter, on the northeast and northwest corners, that do not have additional fencing and concrete barriers.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2020/06/06/white-house-fence-protests-dc/

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    When President Biden takes over in January, he'll have all that stupid shit removed.
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    that guy in AZ Wrote:

    Trump finally has a completed border wall, but it's not on the Mexican border.

    It's around the White House.

    Protesters arriving in the nation’s capital for the ninth consecutive day of demonstrations found the White House encircled by more than a mile of tall metal fencing.

    The previous day, work crews had erected enough fencing — reinforced by white concrete barriers — to bar entry to Lafayette Square and to outline half of the Ellipse, the sloping green lawn that abuts the executive residence. But between Friday night and Saturday afternoon — on a day expected to draw tens of thousands to protest in the District — they added enough fencing to block the rest of the Ellipse.

    In total, Google Maps analysis suggests, roughly 1.7 miles of fencing now surrounds the White House, forming a gigantic metal cocoon. There are only two portions of the White House perimeter, on the northeast and northwest corners, that do not have additional fencing and concrete barriers.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2020/06/06/white-house-fence-protests-dc/

    Guess who's "paying" for all that fun; costing at least an million if you add labor for installation/removal and don't forget "backpocket money". Trump's deficit on this country runs into the trillions, so he keeps adding to it every day. An real business man! I hope someone shows an tabulation of what this guy has cost the country versus other Presidents.
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    Hurricane Hannah struck Texas yesterday. The picture below was taken yesterday in southern Texas:

    Hannah, the wolf, said, "I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house down".

    570B709E-2971-48F8-A4A5-D5FF7D2C62C7.jpeg

    This is embarrassing for Bunker Boy™? on a variety of levels. You can see from the video that the wall that is failing is unmistakably the new “Trump-style” design, the same one that folks were able to saw through, just moments after it was installed.

    This is the result of Hurricane Hanna, which started barreling down on Texas almost two days ago.


    Not sure I have much to add, except maybe there is a God.