September 13, 2008

Take a look into my world.

I took this picture in KOFA. I have since stopped getting up at 4 to be out there by sun-up.

If you want to take pictures, watch birds, hike, picnic or camp on State Lands in Arizona your annual permit has increased from $ 15.00 to $ 50.00. However, if you have a gun to swing, take a couple of pot-shots and call yourself a hunter there is no fee. All you need is your hunting license. Does this make sense?

By the time Bush leaves the White House, the Dept. of Homeland Security is supposed to have the 670 miles of fence between Mexico and the U.S. finished. They are only halfway and elections are in November. Officials say that in order to finish the remaining fence they need $ 400 million more in funds and are complaining that they cannot find the labor.

Is this a wonder? The labor is on the other side of the fence!

Earlier this year AZ Game and Fish authorities killed a mountain lion in the Tank Mountains not too far from where I live. The mountain lion had killed 4 desert bighorn sheep and 5 mule deer (big eater this one) and needed to be put down. It was said that it was not the plan to eradicate the lion mountain population but a restoration of bighorn populations in the area.

What is it all about?

Hunters (who buy permits) hunt bighorn so in order for them to have their sport, let’s kill of some mountain lions.

How do you track a mountain lion? They are all fitted with GPS systems apparently so you can get the job done before lunch.

A car carrying 21 illegal immigrants rolled over when it tried to avoid going over a spike strip placed by the Border Patrol. Nine people died.

This is just one example because at least 290 illegal immigrants die annually during attempts at crossing the border. This includes the approximately 75 who die of heat exposure in the desert and 45 who drown swimming across the river or canals into Arizona.

Human life has very little value.

Let me add that I am not against culling (animals that is, not people), or even hunting, although I cannot understand what satisfaction killing something could give.

I also think there should be a system in place so that people can live and work in the country of their choice legally and not have to feel like hunted animals. If there were no Latinos here the lawns would not be quite as trim and the houses not quite as sparkly, no salad or strawberries on the table nor would there be anyone to do the work others are not willing to do.

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