¿Y Por Qué No?

April 28, 2016 By: Juanita Jean Herownself Category: Uncategorized

You don’t need to prepare yourself for a shock with this news.  This is news you already knew without being told.  So, that kinda makes it olds.  Anyway, before I forget where I was going with this ….

Trump_ScumdogRegistration among Hispanic voters is skyrocketing in a presidential election cycle dominated by Donald Trump and loud GOP cries to close the border.

Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Elected and Appointed Officials, projects 13.1 million Hispanics will vote nationwide in 2016, compared to 11.2 million in 2012 and 9.7 million in 2008.

A whopping 80 percent of respondents in a poll of registered Hispanic voters in Colorado and Nevada said Trump’s views on immigration made them less likely to vote for Republicans in November.

Yeah, so come to find out, “I’m gonna make your life miserable even if you’re a natural born American citizen if skin is brown,” wasn’t as good a campaign slogan as previously thought.

I have a question.

Texas and Mexico share the Rio Grande River along the border.  That has worked out pretty well for a long time.  Growers of the extra sweet Texas citrus in the Rio Grande Valley depend on the river for water for their crops.  It’s the fifth longest river in America.

That said, how the fool tarnation do you build a wall down the middle of a river?

The Rio Grande runs through Big Bend National Park (God lives there.  Seriously.) but it doesn’t run straight.

Aerial view taken over Big Bend National Park, Texas USA looking to the Rio Grande River, which is the border between the U.S. and Mexico. Mexico is on the left side of the river.

Aerial view taken over Big Bend National Park, Texas USA looking to the Rio Grande River, which is the border between the U.S. and Mexico. Mexico is on the left side of the river.

And, it runs through Santa Elena cannon.  Structure me a wall here:



Or here:


And then there’s Lajitas, where there used to be a nine hole golf course and the mayor of the town was a beer drinking goat named Clay Henry.  I admired that goat.

You cannot wall-in a damn goat.  I’m just saying.


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21 Comments to “¿Y Por Qué No?”

  1. Santa Elena can yon is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. We doan need no stinkin’ Drumpf wall there,

  2. bud maone says:

    The commentary is educational and the pictures are beautiful. Trump should build a wall around his addled brain.

  3. Polite Kool Marxist says:

    After Donnie Drumpf builds his no pedestrian crossing, except where Mother Nature has already declared, “Hell no,” what’s his big plan? His current plan seems to have a few gaps such as our two sea coasts, the air above us, and the tunnels below us. Oh, and that large border to the north where hordes of syrup suckers cross. Well ok, maybe not hordes, but Teddie Crooze and Justin Bieber are two too many.

    Maybe Donnie should think about negotiating a deal with the CIA to quit lighting up hornets’ nests south of the Mexican border that create the conditions that force people to leave their homes. Seems simple enough, Donnie. If you don’t want to welcome refuges, quit creating them. See also “The Bush Doctrine” on how not to make friends while displacing millions of people, Herr Drumpf.

  4. Marcia in CO says:

    It would seem The Donald has no clue [big surprise] as to exactly how the Mexico/USA border runs!! Do you suppose he thinks it is a straight line of land?

    There is no sense to be made of his senseless spewing!!

  5. Not to mention the wildlife that needs to cross the river sometimes– a fence or wall is bad for them too.

  6. maryelle says:

    The Wall is a sound bite which attracts “low information” voters(morons) who are even less intelligent than Drumpf. It is the equivalent of Trump University, the Trump golf course in Scotland and various other scams he has foisted on the public.
    BTW, There should be a ruling soon on whether EL Boca Grande will stand trial for fraud re the Trump University scam. Will the judge have the guts to hold him accountable? Not if he’s a Repug.

  7. “how the fool tarnation do you build a wall down the middle of a river?”

    I believe when Trump takes a good, hard look at details of his project, not only will he tell Mexico to pay for the wall, he’ll tell them to build it too. And then complain they’re working too slow using the following phrases in a disparaging manner: * No siesta
    * Arriba, Arriba! Andale, Andale!
    * Speedy Gonzales!

  8. Hmm. I lived for more than a quarter of a century next to a river that separated the U.S. from Canada. Folks seem to forget that Detroit is a PORT on an International Border. They probable don’t know that there is a revolving door between the two countries and at the moment there are only 2 bridges that connect MI with Canada – The Ambassador and the Blue Water. There used to be a tunnel but it got to tatty for words. Yanks had a habit of frequently crossing over to Windsor to go shopping with their U.S. dollars and Canadians had a habit of crossing the river to work in MI. There was a time when the Canadian side of the family was concerned about all the gangsters and rum running going on in MI but things straightened out. Heck, we all intermarried a lot. Thomas Alva Edison’s mother came from Canada. So did Jennie Granholm. All this **** about walls on one side of Texas just strikes us as totally wacko. Same can be said for those who bloviate about walls, walls, walls! They just don’t know how to enjoy life.

  9. Quoth the thumb suckers: “Terrorists!!! Furriners!!! We must build walls to keep out the terrorists, furriners, and furrin terrorists!!!!” (and we must buy lots of guns, and take off all our clothes and surrender our shampoo before getting on an airplane…. Please, someone, stop me before I go too far on this rant)

    It is my fervent hope that sooner rather than later we finally put our grownup pants on and remember FDR’s wise words:

    “The only thing we have to fear… is fear, itself.”

  10. charles r. phillips says:

    Here in Oregon, we’re only worried about fencing out Californians and RWNJs. I grew up in a small town in Washington where the population was 34% white, 30% Hispanic, and 36% Native American. There was also a sprinkling of Japanese and Filipino Americans as well, but they usually fit into one of the larger groups. We had problems occasionally, but it worked.

  11. two crows says:

    Those Hispanic voters had better be damned [sorry, Mama] sure they’re REALLY registered.

    The snacilbupeR are right about one thing: there IS rampant voter fraud in this country but they’re wrong about where it resides. It’s not at the individual level. It’s at the registration level. It’s at the “If your skin is brown, you’d better check with the election board well ahead of time” level. It’s at the Supreme Court level.

  12. @Maggie

    358 Ouellette Ave

  13. Come on now. You know if the Mexicans are going to build that fence they’ll have to build it on their side of the river.

  14. The last picture is Horseshoe Bend in Arizona, not on the border. http://tinyurl.com/gw32u37. But otherwise you’re right.

  15. A picture of the big river’s horseshoe bend is at

    It is beautiful in a different way than the one Jon mentions that is in Aryzonya.

  16. Jill Ann says:

    @Maggie, I am a born & raised Detroiter. Back in the day, going to Canada was like going to Baytown from Houston. We went to a restaurant in Windsor for prom; Canadian $ were intermingled with our US currency. Imagine my surprise, years later, when I tried to take my little Texan children to Windsor, and was stopped and aggressively questioned by the border guard. It’s like a whole separate country now!

  17. Linda Phipps says:

    The commentary is educational and the pictures are beautiful. Trump should build a wall around his addled brain.

    Bud Maone: he already did that.

  18. Jill Ann, I too remember the swift and sure bridge crossings I experienced as a kid. Then decades later the last time I crossed that border out of Canada I was really glad I had my passport with me. It helped a lot. All those questions are due to 911. I’ll never forget the miles long line up of truck traffic in both directions on the two bridges. A lot of those trucks actually ran out of gas cuz the interrogations took so long as did all the searches with mirrors on the undersides of the trucks. I am told that things have calmed down a little on border crossing traffic. My family on both sides of the border come and go a lot.

  19. Polite Kool Marxist says:

    When we tire of waiting for wisdom to escape Donnie Drumpf’s lips, we can always turn to the Beltway yappers for our amusement. My favorite classic for the week (forgot which of the interchangeable Village Idiots staked this claim), but it sure shot holes in their conventional ‘wisdom.’ “In the debates for the general, Trump will slide to the left on some issues.” Oh yeah, that really ‘unite’ the snacilbupeR base.

  20. Corinne Sabo says:

    The river keeps shifting its banks…….

  21. Mary Beth says:

    Corinne, that’s ok, Drumpf keeps shifting his story. He and the river will match.