Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Too PC to Hit the Nail

Not to be confused with Guns and Roses, AZ Daily Star's Thorns & Flowers shot itself in the foot yesterday with the following statement:
"Thorns to those who toss aside their plastic water bottles as they walk and hike.
A Saturday afternoon hike along the Anza Trail near Tubac was exquisite: Blue sky with wispy clouds, a comfortable breeze, crunchy leaves on the ground and a cold running river. It was marred by clumps of plastic bottles stuck in the mud.
Apparently, a handful of selfish hikers don't know the outdoor ethic of leaving no trace of your presence.
Leave the woods and waters cleaner than you found them."

Having hiked that trail and picked up plenty of trash, I know that anyone who makes a statement like this has never been there, or is too PC to tell the truth. Just look at those plastic bottles and it's obvious where they came from. If you don't speak Spanish, you can at least recognize the labels contain zero English. Along with foreign label clothes strewn all over the ground, Mexican food cans, truck load levels of water bottles, soiled underwear and more disgusting items make it clear that it's drug smugglers, people smugglers, and other illegals who have created the mess, not your average Joe and Sally hiker who happen to enjoy the beautiful outdoors on a Saturday morning. Despite the herculean efforts of Boy Scouts and other groups who try to clean it up every year, it's still an environmental nightmare that would be declared a hazardous waste site if environmental groups had the guts to tell the truth about it.

Selfish hikers? Come on. Thorns to Thorns & Flowers for such a misleading statement that unfairly blames honest citizens for a problem our elected officials refuse to address.


Anonymous said...

Desert Visions or Techno Patriot will gve anyone who cares to know, an eyeful. It is hard to propagandize pictures.

Anonymous said...
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Anonymous said...

It's the evolution of the language in the media:

illegal alien
undocumented worker
undocumented migrant
selfish hiker

AZAce said...

Anonymous whose comment I deleted. Don't spam this site with your anti-whoever links. Make intelligent comments relative to the topics.

Anonymous said...

Kudos to you for speaking the truth. The situation is a disgrace, and unfortunately our elected officials also turn a blind eye.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm maybe we should just put out trashcans and recycle bins instead. Its far far cheaper than what it would take to police the border. And what the hell, if they really are following a well marked hiking trail, then WTF are the border patrol doing?????? Seems like a trail would be easier to police than anything...and it seems doubtful that an illegal immigrant would follow such a route when it leads to encountering our citizens, our recreation centers, and our police.

I truthfully doubt that you can blame this on illegal immigration as every other problem in this state seems to be.

AZAce said...

You obviously haven't been there, either, Roger. One would have to be completely blind to not recognize who frequents the trail.
One of the rangers even told me he walks with illegals up the trail before dawn every morning on his way to work.

The trail is easy to follow which is part of the reason it is travelled at night, and it follows a well-flowing river (yes, it really has a lot of water in it). So it's a primo route. It sure beats cutting directly across the barren desert.

Anonymous said...

Then why doesn't our border patrol police it? They aren't that stupid or that undermanned or that ridiculous to ignore such a well travelled route...

If it indeed is one.