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Mexican Mapping Nonsense

The lamestream media told you:
National Guard troops will be used to update maps of the U.S.-Mexico border, since the original work was done 150 years ago. "Accurate maps will help U.S. government agents find their way around rugged terrain and show where the area they are patrolling ends and where Mexico begins," reports Mike Madden, at the Arizona Republic Washington bureau, with a straight face.

The location of the border is precisely set by treaties (signed from 1848 to 1970), and agents in the area use global-positioning satellites, not maps, to find their way. Border and Customs officials refused to comment for the front page story.

The article does not ask whether the announced mapping is appropriate, a good use of limited resources, of if it will have any impact on the massive illegal immigration taking place, though it does mention that the Guard has no legal authority to determine the international boundary. Meanwhile, the Pentagon is working out details of the assignment, exactly what parts will be mapped, and when work will begin.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:
In the biggest slap-in-the-face yet to a public infuriated by a hopelessly porous southern border, it was announced today that National Guard troops being sent to the Arizona-Mexico line, instead of protecting the border, will make maps to determine exactly where the border is.

Mexicans illegally poring across the border literally by the millions do not have any trouble finding it.

Foreigners found illegally inside the United States are not impacted in any way by exactly where they crossed over.

No cases exist where Mexicans flooding into the United States were caught, and then claimed they were still on their side of the border.

It is believed that U.S. agents pursuing suspects sometimes step over the lines, which the maps will not affect. Mexican military units have crossed into the United States as well, with no repercussions.

The lengthy "news" report, violating the most basic ethical principles, carries the government's plan without question, skepticism or even a raised eyebrow, enforcing the belief held by many that the lamestream media has given up its role as watchdog for the more comfortable role of lapdog.

"The government's devotion (sic) of military time and money to making better maps underscores how difficult patrolling and securing the border is," reporter Madden fecklessly relates.

"There's parts of that border that are very, very poorly marked and very difficult to discern," said Lt. Gen. Steven Blum, head of the Pentagon's National Guard Bureau, according to the reporter.

A quick look at an investigative tool known as a road map, however, shows the entire border is a perfectly straight surveyed line, with a single jog of direction in the middle, and a tiny portion that follows the Colorado River in the west.

Hopelessly remote areas of poorly marked treacherous terrain, cited as a problem, are not where illegals are poring in, notes one observer, since pregnant women, children and even physically fit men can't cover those 40 miles on foot. No plans for marking the poorly marked border, which would be illegal, are involved.

"The government is lying to your face," says one insider who prefers to remain nameless, accusing the media of propagating the lies. "They said they're sending troops, but they're only going to make maps so they can find their [backsides]. You've all been taken for suckers. The Mexodus is being supported, not stopped."

The report did not indicate how long the mapping will take, what it will cost, or if copies will be provided to Mexico for their use in determining where the border is.

Phoenix Mapping Service, an Arizona-based cartographer (map maker), assures callers that they have maps of the exact border location, in different scales, several projections, in topographic, political, road, relief and satellite imagery, in paper and digital versions. Most sell for under $20. Global positioning satellite systems, available in any quantity for immediate delivery, cost a bit more.

In the interest of full disclosure, the Uninvited Ombudsman's friend Jim runs Wide World of Maps, available online at

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