Why The Border Fence Is a Crock, Part What-ever

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THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL PROBLEM

We have become a nation of cowards and shills who quake like jello over the least little thing.  We conservatives like to was poetic over how stupid the Hope and Change voter is, but trust me, we’re no different.

Take immigration.

The average “conservative” has fallen for the racist dribble promoted by John Tanton and a bunch of small minded neo-facists who are using concerns of national security to mask their extreme enviromental agenda.  It is an agenda of complete population control via forced abortion and eugenics.  The anti-immigrations organizations like Numbers USA, FAIR and the Center for Immigration Studies who are promoting “national security” are nothing but fronts for the extreme abortion agenda.

And – conservatives are falling for it.

The great border fence is one of the most reprehensible things ever under-taken by this nation.  It is separating cultures, families, and cities.  It has become the “conservative” version of the Berlin Wall.  It is an ecological disaster waiting to happen.

Now it is an archaeological disaster.

NOW I’M MAD – REALLY MAD

Along the San Pedro a major archaeological discovery was made.  Because of the Border Fence, it has now been buried, and the extent of the discovery will not be known unless more rational heads prevail. Immigration reform hard-liners have become the modern version of Luddites, witch-hunters, and the Inquisition all rolled into one.

“…There was an interesting artifact found at the site that Hopkins had not seen before. She calls it a “stone jaw bone.” It has a serrated edge, and she firmly believes it was used for scraping animal hides. Several of these implements were found at the site, which also yielded “more deer bone than I’ve ever seen in my life,” she said.

Westland was contracted to do archaeological work for the U.S. Corps of Army Engineers and the U.S. Department Homeland Security so the agencies could comply with federal archaeological laws. In October 2007, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff pushed ahead with the fence, winning federal court approval of his waiving of environmental restrictions.

“It is a sensitive subject,” Hopkins said of the border politics.

She told the Tubac archaeology society how complicated her work was because of the numerous government and private agencies involved. Those included ranchers on the U.S. and Mexican sides, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and the Arizona National Guard, just to name a few.

She described how one time “the No. 2  guy” from Homeland Security flew to the San Pedro River archaeological site in a Black Hawk helicopter and asked the scientists, “Are you OK?”

At that moment, some of the nearby Mexican ranchers were delivering a plateful of delicious tacos, which the archaeologists had become accustomed to. The Homeland Security official asked, “Are they bugging you?” The archaeologists answered, “No.”

Hopkins did say there was genuine concern for archaeologists’ safety when they were working in the notoriously-violent smuggling corridor of Altar Valley.

But, overall, the archaeologists had to deal with multiple jurisdictions and a lot of curious people. “We just had people around us all the time,” she said.

Mexican archaeologists were among the interested parties, and their American counterparts are collaborating with them as always, Hopkins said.

One restriction posed by the U.S. government was that the archaeologists could only dig 5 feet deep, because that was as far as they were digging for the fence’s footers. Below that depth, “The archaeology, I guarantee, keeps going,” Hopkins said.

On another axis, the archaeologists were allowed to dig to a limit of 60 feet wide. That dimension related to President Theodore Roosevelt’s 60-foot-wide easement running the length of the U.S.-Mexico border from California to Texas. The “Roosevelt Reservation” was created “for the purpose of homeland security,” Hopkins said.

This “stripping” method of archaeology, done mainly by backhoe, ultimately extended for three-tenths of a mile and excavated 7,500 tons of soil from three-fourths of an acre.

The site has been reburied. Hopkins has not been back there for many months.

“There’s a fence there now,” she said….”

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5 thoughts on “Why The Border Fence Is a Crock, Part What-ever

  1. Fence trumps ivory towerites once. BSD. Ought to use academicians IN the footings for the fence. (I have enough degrees from acredited institutions to know that burying 90% of college/university professors would result in a net benefit to society. And yeh, one of my fav profs–one of the few worth not burying, although his family’s managed that well enough in the ensuing decades–was an active, extensively published archaeologist. But he wasn’t a whiner, so he just worked around the ocassional war and whatnot… knowing full well that “unique sites” are notsomuch, usually. Unique, that is.)

    Still, I’m not a big fan of “the fence” preferring machine gun bunkers and sniper nests with overlapping fields of fire, accompanied by the rotting corpses of those who think our border is a welcome mat to illegal crossings. (I would also prefer expedited legal entry for folks who wait in line to enter legally.) But absent my preferred method of averting illegal entry, a fence will just have to do, and picayune archaeologial arcana be damned.

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