Wired

I got wired a time or two when I lived in southern Arizona, but it was nothing like this. Photo by Jonathan Clark | Nogales International via The Associated Press and stolen shamelessly by Your Humble Narrator

Whatever the sonofabitch gets, it’s never enough. Wives, bankruptcies, you name it.

Now not even a Big, Beautiful Wall® will tickle Il Douche’s little pickle. Now it has to be a Big, Beautiful Wall with Six Rows of Razor Wire®.

And remember, folks: FreeDumb® isn’t free. DoD estimates that the military has spent $132 million so far “supporting” U.S. Customs and Border Protection — never mind that the number of arrests by the Border Patrol is the lowest since the early 1970s, while the number of agents has more than doubled — and other estimates indicate that border deployments could eat up a cool billion by the end of fiscal 2019.

Can we maybe put one of these BBWWSRORW® around the Orange House? With a lid on it?

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32 Responses to “Wired”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    Jaysus Christ. Not sure I’ve seen that much concertina wire in these parts.

  2. Sharon Says:

    I worry he’s like a wounded animal backed into a corner. Who knows what he’s willing to do to make a splashy diversion. The next thing you know, he’ll have the military out there stacking 8-feet high cinder block walls just so he can take a photo and say, “Look what I did!”

  3. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Gee, I saw some wire like that 49 years ago. I don’t think we had that much of it though. Guess there must be some real dangerous folks in Nogales, Sonora. And to think that is where Duffy came from. He might bite my nose off when I’m sleeping if his bed time cookie isn’t to his liking. Be a real terrorist terrier.

    There is a little devil sitting on the shoulder of the dumpster telling the delusional asshole what to do. And, his name is Stephen Miller. The folks in Nogales, Arizona, including the city government officials, are really pissed about that wire. I just drove back home from Bisbee an hour ago, and the highway was full of border patrol vehicles, as usual. The Naco wall was lit it real nice so people could enjoy the ugly fucking thing in the dark just like during the day.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      Douglas and Naco, two border town, are also pissed off about walls and wire. Seems that they agree with your Governor about this whole border charade, not that it will get through the immigration policy gate keeper, Stephen Miller. After all, his real world job experience and knowledge just can’t be beat.

    • khal spencer Says:

      Stephen Miller and Orange Dump should both be surrounded by eight layers of concertina wire and fed gruel through a slot.

      I don’t like concertina wire. Changed jobs here in BombTowne to avoid it as a part of everyday life. Don’t like walls. I rode my motorcycle through the Adirondack Mountains one year when I was finishing up my Ph.D. and getting ready to move on to Whatever. One last trip around NYS to have a beer with all my friends and family and then the bike was for sale. I rode out of the mountains on the way to Plattsburg and passed Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, NY. Its in this narrow draw with barely room for the road and this massive wall with guard towers. Just made your blood freeze. Walls and wire mean bad things and I don’t think Mexicans and Central Americans are bad people.

      It never ceases to amaze me that folks living down in the Bootheel where the border is a fact of life think this is all nuts, but border politics is run by Miller, backed up by disconnected morons from the Heartland who get their news from Russian troll farms.

      Yep, Robert Frost said it best in Mending Wall.

      Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
      That sends the frozen-ground-swell under it,
      And spills the upper boulders in the sun;
      And makes gaps even two can pass abreast.
      The work of hunters is another thing:
      I have come after them and made repair
      Where they have left not one stone on a stone,
      But they would have the rabbit out of hiding,
      To please the yelping dogs. The gaps I mean,
      No one has seen them made or heard them made,
      But at spring mending-time we find them there.
      I let my neighbour know beyond the hill;
      And on a day we meet to walk the line
      And set the wall between us once again.
      We keep the wall between us as we go.
      To each the boulders that have fallen to each.
      And some are loaves and some so nearly balls
      We have to use a spell to make them balance:
      “Stay where you are until our backs are turned!”
      We wear our fingers rough with handling them.
      Oh, just another kind of out-door game,
      One on a side. It comes to little more:
      There where it is we do not need the wall:
      He is all pine and I am apple orchard.
      My apple trees will never get across
      And eat the cones under his pines, I tell him.
      He only says, “Good fences make good neighbours.”
      Spring is the mischief in me, and I wonder
      If I could put a notion in his head:
      “Why do they make good neighbours? Isn’t it
      Where there are cows? But here there are no cows.
      Before I built a wall I’d ask to know
      What I was walling in or walling out,
      And to whom I was like to give offence.
      Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,
      That wants it down.” I could say “Elves” to him,
      But it’s not elves exactly, and I’d rather
      He said it for himself. I see him there
      Bringing a stone grasped firmly by the top
      In each hand, like an old-stone savage armed.
      He moves in darkness as it seems to me,
      Not of woods only and the shade of trees.
      He will not go behind his father’s saying,
      And he likes having thought of it so well
      He says again, “Good fences make good neighbours.”

  4. DownhillBill Says:

    Make sure that lid is airtight….

  5. khal spencer Says:

    Hey, anyone for making and selling Bangalore Torpedoes? Maybe we can get them on Amazon!

  6. khal spencer Says:

    Speaking of Robert Frost, this is hilarious.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/02/07/good-pences-make-good-neighbors/?utm_term=.3908760563b9

  7. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    It’s no secret Fat Nixon admires the fascist crank who is currently in-charge over in Israel, so should it be a surprise he wants walls that look like theirs?
    After all, wasn’t Don the Con’s fascist policy adviser quoted saying “I would be happy if not a single refugee foot ever again touched American soil,”?
    How long before the impeachment proceedings start?

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      If there is a supreme being, she will ensure that an indictment is waiting for him after his impeachment is a done deal.

      • larryatcycleitalia Says:

        If she exists I’d like to think there’s a hell as well – a place where the likes of Don the Con and Dick Cheney can be turned on a spit over a roaring fire…forever.

  8. Herb from Michigan Says:

    Waaaay back in high school we used to play a bit of golf. Somet days on busy times you’d get “paired up” with other golfers whether you liked it or not. One time my buddy and I ended up in the Foursome From Hell. Two guys who cheated, lied, played your ball if it improved their advantage and bragged all the while. Now, many years later I feel like this country is stuck with Perpetual Foursomes From Hell which change weekly. adolph.trump, The Turtle, The Con-way, Pence is certainly a hellish foursome but there are endless combinations. My dream would be to stage a tournament of these foursomes and get them all on one golf course together and then have drone bombing practice to take them out. I have a course in Florida in mind…..

  9. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Well, Elizabeth Warren just announced that she’s running for Prez. I’m not sure she’s tough enough to go toe to toe with the dumpster and his dirty tricksters like Stone and his ilk. What do you folks think?

    • Herb from Michigan Says:

      I’d like to see a Biden/Harris ticket. Joe could sit one term and hopefully pass the baton to Kamala who by that time would be well seasoned. I think the safe move for these times is to start breaking the glass ceiling with a woman VP. Probably won’t happen.

    • khal spencer Says:

      I think Joe would not be offputting like Hillary was and having a younger and female running mate ain’t a bad idea. My concern is anyone from a deep blue state like CA or NJ is going to be a liability in some states but if the Dems play their cards right, and no one gets caught with 40 year old pics of themselves in a hood or blackface, we can win. My other choices are Klobuchar or Kathleen Sebelius although the latter doesn’t seem at all interested.

      But my concern is that Joe is old enough that he might have had a sense of humor back in the day…

  10. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Joe Biden? Really? You thought the Rethugs painted Hillary as a corporate tool, just wait ’till they get going on Joe!!! In 2016 too many people of color and younger voters sat the thing out rather than vote for the lesser of two old, cranky evils. A repeat is likely to produce the same result. I hope someone more appealing to anyone not drunk on the Don the Con koolaid can be found among the growing herd of wannabee Demo nominees.

    • khal spencer Says:

      I hope so too, Larry, as I have long worried that the Donks have not been engaging in succession planning. Eventually, those old tires are worn down to the cords.

      My worry with the current flock of geese is they are all flying Left as fast as possible and this may backfire if they are all painted as too radical. For example, I’ve already seen the Green New Deal painted over as the “Great Green Leap Forward” (in fact, that was my first sarcastic thought but it was already all over the Innertubes).

      One never knows what the public will do if given a choice between Don the Con and a wild eyed Progressive and as your wife says…

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      If young people, and old progressives like myself, turnout for the next general election, then there is hope for the Green New Deal and getting rid of the trash heap in the white house, all of them. If we can turn the senate majority to the left, keep the house, and put a progressive in the oval office, we can finally have a government that whose vision is not limited to 2 year cycles. If we don’t, then the immigration and refugee problem will blow up to proportions that are hard to imagine, completely driven my climate change. When you don’t have clean water to drink and not enough food to eat, borders don’t mean shit. The Green New Deal’s timeline is not unrealistic. We have 18 years to turn climate change around to limit the extreme damage. Every department in the executive branch knows this and has reported it.

      • khal spencer Says:

        I’m all in for climate being one of our serious problems to solve with policy and innovation since without action, at some point we will go over the Niagara Falls of a tipping point, but not so keen on centralized government planning. I think the Federal government has a major role to play in climate planning and mitigation but am wary of broad generalizations.

        None of the principals in the Party driving that document know shit about actual climate science, climate model uncertainties, and limits of model projections nor are they engineers who can combine conservation and renewables with carbon sequestration. Plus, they immediately took nuclear power off the table. That was political science, not science.

        Dems have about a year and a half to get more specific on climate, flesh out ideas for universal health care coverage, and reform the tax code. I wish us luck since as you say, the GOP is more likely to run the nation off a cliff as well as destroy any hope for international cooperation on the major problems of our time.

      • khal spencer Says:

        Some shit we could do right now.

        1. Build up and in, not out. Santolina will massively increase Albuqerque’s carbon footprint but keeps getting approvals because developers bribe, er, I mean contribute to politicians. Mass transit doesn’t work in low density situations.

        2. Get the Feds out of the highway business. States get massive subsidies from Uncle Sam to build more roads to encourage more sprawl. See #1.

        3. Double the Federal fuel tax every two years for the next decade. Put the money into energy and climate R and D, not more roads that contribute to more driving.

        4. Repurpose the Dept of Energy’s main thrust back into energy R and D and make this a strategic industry rather than farming it out to China.

        5. Tighten pollution controls on emissions. Make it more cost effective for energy companies to build renewables rather than keeping old fossil fuel plants running.

        6. Fund the Surgeon General to provide general practitioners in every county in the U.S. Fees nominal or free. If you want your own doctors and specialists, sure, get insurance to pay for it.

        7. Nuclear makes sense. Get over it. Fund long term geological storage and sequestration such as A. E. Ringwoods old “synrock” idea and also modern, self regulating reactors that burn their own waste.

  11. David Rees Says:

    I too think that Biden is too old and will not draw the necessary votes from the younger set. I know far too many 19~25 year old kids who either didn’t vote at all or voted for Jill Stein (because of their “conscience” – meaning they were too young or too stupid to see how important that election was in 2016). There is a very good argument to be made that Jill Stein is the reason we’ve got this asshole in office now. https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/308353-trump-won-by-smaller-margin-than-stein-votes-in-all-three

    • larryatcycleitalia Says:

      100% with ya there Davide!!! What people need to accept is the USA is a two-party deal. You vote for the lesser of the two evils, otherwise you’ll end up with the most evil, as we did in 2016.
      Even if the angry old white guy party goes the way of the dodo, there’s simply nothing to indicate the two-party deal itself is going away – so the Jill Steins and Ralph Naders need to choose a side and work with them for improvements rather than engage in vanity 3rd party fantasy. I hope Mr. Fourbucks can figure this out despite admitting he’s not the smartest guy out there?
      I hope the Democratic field can sooner rather than later be whittled down to the point where a simple, coherent message can emerge out of what is starting to look like a circular firing squad. You know what my wife says…. the reasons for ditching Fat Nixon have to be simple enough to be drummed into the heads of the voters for the next two years.

  12. khal spencer Says:

    My bottom line is that there is not some socialist Utopia where we can all live as we have gotten used to living and have some magic bullet solve all the problems for us. A Green New Deal means living a Green life.

  13. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Well, living green means lots of thing to many people. But, it don’t mean shit to congress or trump. So, good luck to us and future generations. We gonna need it.

  14. khal spencer Says:

    Interesting paper here, which can be downloaded, in case there are any other nerds in the room.

    https://www.nber.org/papers/w21637
    Modeling Uncertainty in Climate Change: A Multi-Model Comparison

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