Wednesday, February 21, 2007

News tidbits

Official: Anna Nicole's Body Decomposing

Come on, we already knew this woman wasn't a saint, you don't have to rub it in!

Denmark to pull troops from Iraq

Did anyone even know Demark troops were in Iraq?

Hornets hit France and could reach Britain

Global warming has largely been blamed for the survival and spread of the Asian Hornet, Vespa velutina, which is thought to have arrived in France from the Far East in a consignment of Chinese pottery in late 2004.

Can't be France's fault for not inspecting their imports thoroughly enough, must blame it on global warming, and vis-a-vis America.

9/11 attacks 'an incident'

From "French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen" who also said:

The far-right leader was convicted of Holocaust denial after he declared in 1987 that the gas chambers used by Nazi Germany to exterminate Jews were a "detail in the history of World War II".

Flow of illegal immigrants to U.S. starts to slow
Mexico border fence and Guardsmen complicate crossings

Border Patrol commanders argue the slackening flow of migrants belies the conventional wisdom that it is impossible to stem illegal migration along a 2,000 mile, or 3,200 kilometer, border. Many veteran officers in the force are now beginning to believe that with sufficient resources, it can be controlled.

The new measures range from simply putting more officers out on patrol to erecting stadium lights, secondary fences and barriers of thick, steel poles to stop smugglers from racing across the desert. The Border Patrol has deployed hundreds of new guards to watch rivers, man surveillance cameras and guard fences.
The U.S. government has also begun punishing migrants with prison time from the first time they enter illegally in some areas. For instance, along the 210 mile border covered by the Del Rio office of the Border Patrol, everyone caught crossing illegally is charged in federal court and sentenced to at least two weeks in prison.

That is an enormous break with past practice, when most Mexican migrants were simply taken back to the border and let go.

Gee, imagine that! Enforcing the law discourages breaking it! (Love to say it: Told ya so!)

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