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"Don't Fence Me In..."

Secretly, I had good intentions of posting another, entirely different fence this week.  An attractive white picket fence.   But, since we traveled along the Mexico/USA border at the edge of the Rio Grande River last week, Bud and I saw several areas of open fields with this monstrous fence ...here and there, sporadically...never a solid horizon to horizon fence. Which seems odd. Trust me, along several sections of the highway and open fields there was NO fence. And at other times the fence was there. In my political stance here, I'm wondering just how this can be effective in its purpose? Makes no sense to me, and a waste of tax payers' money!!!! There were, seriously, sections of no fence where a trio of semi-tractor trucks could easily drive thru the opened area side by side, abreast. And one area where we had to go to get to a birding sanctuary, there was no fence at all on the road that crossed the railroad tracks...yet, there was a fence on each side of the road with a Border Patrol vehicle parked alongside the road?!! [last photo...as you can see, the border fence to the right of the Border Patrol vehicle] Say what? More money ...this time in wages and vehicle expense!!

Okay, enough of my babbling...this fence is something you don't see every day. Unless of course you live along the U. S. Borders. Funny, we lived in Tucson AZ for a decade and never saw the likes when traveling to border towns like Nogales and Douglas...just never paid any mind to it back then. Go on a vacation to south Texas and see partial sections all over the place. And obviously, the fence isn't keeping the illegals and contraband from getting to our country...if it was working, why, then, do they have border inspection stations, stopping traffic to have the K-9s sniff out for drugs in vehicles, and more agents checking trunks and running a mirror on the underside of your vehicles?!! I ask, is this making any sense? The illegals are going to get here if they want to badly enough...somehow. The fence is NOT stopping them.


THINK ABOUT IT --- picture this. A van load of illegals and the driver [called coyotes] KNOWS where the inspection stations are, right? Okay...say about a couple miles BEFORE the driver gets to the border patrol station, he stops and lets the illegals out from 'point A' to walk to the OTHER side of the border patrol station....picks them up from the planned marker at 'point B', then drives away with little known action from any one patrol agent!! Unseen and unnoticed. Oh, and not to mention tunneling or arriving by boat along the Gulf of Mexico to add a few other ways.

Things that make you go "hmmmmmm".

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linking to Good Fences [or, in this case, bad fence?]

60 comments :

  1. I can't tell you how many times the coyotes have driven into the ranch fence after the Border Patrol starts chasing them. They drive as far as they can then bail out. Seems the coyote never gets caught, the truck is reported stolen and guess who gets to "fix" the fence.

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  2. I'm thinking...waste of money. Makes a great post for good fences though!

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    1. I thought so, in both of your thoughts today. We agree.

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  3. That is just crazy! I have to say that it seems more and more, common sense is missing in the government.

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    1. :::nodding in agreement:::

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  4. Yep, it's making me say HMMMmmmmm.

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  5. Truly is a waste of money but a good fence for this Thursday. Reminds me of when we lived in El Paso!

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  6. Things that make you go hmmmmm, indeed. But it does seem that when ever we see a fence, somebody, somewhere had a reason to put it up! The mystery unfolds!

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    1. not doing any good tho in my opinion.

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  7. You're right, Anni, it makes no sense. All it does is give you fodder for a good blog post for the fences meme! :-0

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    1. LOL....you're right on DJ!

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  8. HI Anni Great fence image for this meme today. Otherwise a waste of money.

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    1. A good one for fences yes, but as you say a waste of money.

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  9. I have seen photos of this in recent news items. I do think it would be interesting to hear from those that approved it just how affective they 'think' it has been.

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    1. aha!!! One who thinks of a 2nd opinion. I know one rancher, personally, in Arizona that doesn't approve of the fence at all....he'd much rather use his smith & wesson.

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  10. it really is an odd thing. daunting looking fence if it weren't for the gaps you mentioned.

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    1. I certainly couldn't understand the huge gaps.

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  11. and thanks for linking in!

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    1. thank YOU for hosting Ms. T

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  12. i am with Mari on this, our govt is famous for lack of common sense and this is just one more thing that proves it...

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  13. Dearest Anni;
    Wow, for a person living in a small country, very amazing! And I agree that people's precious money should be used deliberately.

    Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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    1. ....yes. Not so wasteful spending on projects that do NOT work.

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  14. As you said there really is no point to this, waste of money that, in the end, comes from tax payers.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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    1. ...no point at all. But, in my opinion, it's the American way. Pointless and wasteful.

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  15. Hmmmm...some things just plain don't make sense and this surely is one of them! Wonder what the "fencers" were thinking. Hmmmm...

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    1. I've even heard that some of the ranchers along the AZ border of Mexico do NOT like the fence...they'd prefer to use their smith and wessons.

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  16. But Robert Frost says, "good fences make good neighbors" like as in neighbors that don't sneak across the border. That must be what he meant, right?

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  17. it is a sad situation at our borders...enjoyed the reminder photos...

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    1. ...I guess things could be worse.

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  18. That is a long, lonely part of the country. So much unrest and poverty. I never liked to travel through it.

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    1. ...it's been a while then, since you've been around the area. The American side anyway isn't too poverty stricken.

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  19. I have read or heard but I can't remember where that illegal border crossings are way down. I suppose it might be possible the numbers are fudged to justify the expense. Surely not... lol...

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    1. ...this is what you call DOLLARS and SENSEless. lol

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  20. I've never been to the border...the fence stirs up lots of emotions for many, I'm sure.

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    1. Yes it does...but it's nonsensical they way it is now.

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  21. I have heard of the border issues but seeing it first hand must have been eye opening!
    Hugs madi and mom

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    1. ...M&M...thanks!! And know your family is in my thoughts!!

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  22. Gosh, I never knew the fence wasn't continuous! Does seem to be stupid, yes. But many policies put in place by those in power are pretty lame. But that's JMHO! :)

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    1. ...and I agree whole-heartedly.

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  23. I've never seen a "Border Fence" before. Doesn't make much sense if they can just drive through or walk through.

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    1. Yep!!!! It makes no sense at all.

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  24. I agree Anni.. yet another.waste of tax payers dollars.

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    1. ...yes indeed. Jan it's good to see you stop by!!!!

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  25. Dear Anni, It seems that simple common sense has no place in how things are done anymore....
    I hope that you have a beautiful Easter weekend. Blessings, Catherine xo

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    1. you're so right...common sense has left the building.

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  26. Anni, I have seen the border fences on TV and the news, they do not seem to work.. They are a waste of taxpayers dollars.Have a happy day and weekend!

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    1. No they don't...where there's a will, there's a way right?

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  27. no it doesn't make sense but then again there's so little that does these days

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  28. Good shots of the border fence. Nothing like throwing more money down the drain on useless projects.

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    1. Yep...and then they tell US we as a country need to stop the deficit?

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  29. What does the government do that makes sense? Certainly not this.

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    1. ...exactly. And your point of view is MY point of view.

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